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Acomdata 500 GB doesn't show on XP or OSX. All I get is a faint ticking noise about 1 per second. Is it toast?

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50/50. You need to install it inside a PC to see if the file are recoverable or not. most external drive have power supply issues..

Posted on Nov 15, 2009

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