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My 500 GB WD external memory stopped being recognized by the computers. What can I do to retrieve the data?

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If you get no joy using the Troubleshooting Guide then try this...don't worry if you are a novice like me, the thread is very easy to follow.
Check You Tube for dismatle of your type of External HardDrive 1st then follow step guide after,
My neighbour has the Seagate FreeAgent Desk 500GB (Externel HardDrive), and in under 2 weeks it started to beep and was not reconized by any Laptop or P.C. if this is the same for you with any FreeAgent Desk series ( not GO series, different procedure for GO products). You maybe in luck click this link, you may have to register in the forums to view thread.... http://www.yo-lid.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t​=84 Thread can be found in 'Technical' under 'General Technical Issues' Dont worry if your a novice like me with computers, the guide is quite easy to follow...

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