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320G external hard drive will not open. System "sees" it at some level when I turn it on, because the little bell rings. But no icon comes up, and I get a message that the device will not open. Tried it in Device Manager. last time I opened it I had to turn it on 2 or three times before it would open.

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First, make sure that the USB cable is not defective. You might try another cable just to be sure.
Next thing is to try connecting the hard drive to a different USB port. Also, consider connecting it to another computer & see if it will work without problems or not.
If this did not work either, then there might be a problem with the USB-to-SATA adapter inside the external hard drive's enclosure. I would recommend that you buy an external enclosure that your hard drive could fit into & use it instead of the current enclosure. You will need to disassemble the current enclosure you are using & move the hard drive to the new one.

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