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The fan spins then it clicks three times then shuts down my computer doesnt get to recognize it what do i do

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This external hard drive does not have a fan, unless you have a different one than in the picture. Clicking on hard drives is usually a sign of mechanical failure.

The first thing I'd recommend it try plugging it to a different USB port, and see if the same thing occurs. If it does, try it on a different computer. If it can show up on a different computer, you might have a problem with your USB port- a common problem in some older computers.

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Where do you hear the clicks? on the hard drive? the fan (assuming it's the power supply)? Please explain more... Thanks!

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