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250 gig WD EHD

I pluge it and nothing shows at all no noise or anything . I just unpluged it because I moved before it worked fine,

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Try to right click on "My Computer"->Manage-> Disk Mng.
Then try to see if you can recognize you this disk.
maybe you just need to change the letter or format it.

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