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IO Magic 250gig external hard drive

It just gives me a blinking blue light and a clicking sound when I turn it on. Nothing else- is it dead?

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  • Brocktune May 11, 2008

    blinking blue light. won't recognize

  • Anonymous Jun 06, 2008

    Yes! Me too! It turns on, but it just beeps and is not recognized by my computer.

  • compnerd08 Jun 11, 2008

    ****.. same problem here!!! so one with a brain please help us!!!!! PLEASE!!!!

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Unfortunately the hard drive within the external case has died. The clicking noise you can hear is the read / write heads trying to find anything on the platter and failing, this means that any files that were on the drive are lost. There are many tricks on the net that give hope of recovering data off a dead hard drive but most just corrupt the data completely. If you have files that you must have and can afford the extremely high price for data recovery there are services available through most hard drive manufactures, most notably through Seagate.

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