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Way to retrieve files off an ext. hard drive gone bad?

Seems my 300gb ext drive has packed it in. is there any way to retrieve my files? the drive starts up, makes a powering up sound, hear the disc search for a few seconds, then it repeats. Computer ( pc ) doesnt recognize it anymore.

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Try to install the drive as a secondary drive in a pc u know works (dont mix fat with ntfs drives) if there both the same OS u should be fine, see if u can access the files then, if u can great pull off what u want to keep & reformat the drive, if u cant well..........read this, i couldnt explain it any better

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