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External Hard Drive not accessible

I have an 80 GB Hitachi 80 GB external USB drive. It was working fine lastnight. Now when i plug the usb into my computer, the red light on the drive comes on. But I don't here the disk spinning, and it is not showing up on my computer. I cannot access it!!
What do i do?

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Open your external drive and check for connections. the hd might be loose.

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