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External 500gb hard drive not readable

Seagate external 500gb hard drive was suddenly not readable. It is visible in the device manager and at the computer management with a volume of 2.048 gb (instead of 500) and shows 0 data. The disk starts when you plug it and stops after a while. It seems to work mechanically but no logical connection.

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Check the partition size in Disk Management (if running Win7 - download a free Partition Manager if not) and see if the system is seeing the partition correctly. Seagate has recovery software available on their website but you may just have to repartition and reformat.

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