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Reseat the data cable inside the Seagate drive. If you know the Seagate to be operating correctly, can you copy files from your computer to the Seagate? The answer should be no. In that case either the Seagate HDD is failing, failed or the USB port is improperly operating.
SEAGATE ('www.seagate.com') offers a one-year warranty.
Copy all your files (onto another disk, or onto DVD-writable disks),
and then exercise the warranty for SEAGATE to repair/replace it, at no cost to you.
Turn your computer off.
Disconnect the power cord.
Disconnect all other disk-drives and CD/DVD drives, leaving only the "suspect" drive connected.
Restart your computer, and enter BIOS SETUP, and see if the drive is detected, and how it is connected (primary/secondary, master/slave).
Read the model-number and serial-number and manufacture-date on the disk's label,
and access Seagate's web-site, to check the warranty-status of the drive.
If the warranty is valid, Seagate will replace the drive, at minimal cost to you.
Search online for a professional "data recovery service". For a significant fee, they can repair your disk-drive, just long-enough to copy your files to a new disk-drive.
Because either it was corrupted by a bad reboot or (more probably when considering the age of the disk) the disk is dying. Fix the MBR if possible or boot from a Linux Live-CD, recover all your files and replace the disk.
The disk is either damaged or the USB interface is damaged. 1) You could try opening the external case and connect the disk to your computer directly (Using IDE/S-ATA cables) 2) Format the HD and use data recovery software/service.
This is because an 80GB hard drive only has 75GB inside it will not be exact because of the way hard drive manufacturers compute the size. 80GB by name but only 75GB in real hard drive space. much like a if you have a flash drive or a portable uSB you will notice this also.