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Hitachi external firewire hard drive crashed

Help my hard drive died about 3 months ago - we managed to retrieve most of my stuff and I have been using an external firewire hardrive since then - but it is suddenly not working! can anybody help me with what may have happened and what can I do?
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Re: hitachi external firewire hard drive crashed

First - In the future, make sure you store your data in *2* places all the time, not only on 1 external drive. Otherwise, you are guaranteed to lose your files at some point.

You will probably have to take the drive in somewhere that does data recovery to retrieve your files.

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