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I have a buffalo external hard drive HB250U2-WR connected to the USB port of a laptop running Windows XP Home OS. When I turn the hard drive on, the "Power" indicator light on the front panel turns GREEN. The Access indicator light on the front panel is "Red". Also when I turn this unit on, I do not hear the usual drive clicks as we hear when you start a computer. Any suggestions? B. S. Mani solididea@aol.com

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Base from the description of your problem, what we can do here first to isolate if this is a hardware failure already is to connect the drive to a different USB port preferably to the back USB port of your desktop and then restart the computer while the drive is connected to it and if still same problem next thing to do is to try a different USB cable to check if this is only a cable problem.
But if still same problem the next thing to do is to connect the drive to a different computer and if still wont be recognized by any computer the last thing to do here is to take the drive out from its enclosure and connect it directly to a desktop computer and if you don't have any experience with that better ask someone to do that a computer professional to avoid further damage to the drive and to increase the chance to recover the data from it.

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