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Wd external drive screw up

I have an external drive - I think a wd 2500b but it could be a 2800b - I can't read the writing on the model no. I moved house and then booted up the hard drive with my lap top - I book g4. When I connected the two, the G4 froze and I had to reboot. I also tried to re boot the drive but to no avail. I think I pressed the auto matic backup button and at that moment the house power went out. This means that now the drive is just continuing on but the power light is out and when I press the power on NOTHING happens, but the hard drive is still turning. God, I hope I haven't lost the info on the drive - I hardly use it but I have put loads of important files and all of our lives photo's on it and a ton of music. I plugged it into the computer but no symbol of recognition comes up - nothing.

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Try removing the hard drive from the external enclosure and connecting it to your pc, this way you should be able to retrieve the files from the drive and then reformatting it may fix it and allow you to put it back in the external enclosure.

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