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Error tone I recently had my HD plugged into a power strip, there was a power surge and now when I apply power to the HD, or connect it to the laptop, I get three error tones and the HD is not recognized. It is getting power and that is about it.

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Re: Error tone

While it is connected to the system try to unplug the USB cable and then reconnect it.

also try to update the USB drivers.

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Under Windows XP, an error message of "Power Surge on Hub Port" or "USB device has exceeded the power limits of it's hub port" is displayed when connecting a USB device to a USB port on a computer or Hub.

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But most likely the drive will work fine for you. It is a lovely quiet drive, and takes up no space at all.

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