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I believe my drive was pulled out without ejecting and now I can see files but it says there is nothing in it. What do I do? I don't want to lose my files as there is a lot of things on the drive

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Did you try plugging it on a different computer? Sometimes that helps as the computer might have some corrupt setting of the drive, and not the drive itself. Most external HDDs can be plugged without problems (as long as it was not active). Better not, but I have done it with a 1 TB Toshiba without problems as well.
More ideas on external HDD troubleshooting here.

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