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My 3100 worked for about 2 years and the other day

My 3100 has worked for about 2 years and the other day it stopped being read by WinXP. It usually had a constant fan whir and a barely perceptible buzz when the discs where being accessed, but now it clicks about every half a second and the orange "accessing" light never comes on. I recently changed the compression settings on the C drive to compress data to save disk space, could this have caused the external drive not to be read? I switched out the cable and it still does not work, even on another computer. Any other suggestions?

other info - Dell Inspiron 5150 (yep, aging quickly)

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