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I have a simple tech external hard drive, it was just working yesterday. Now I plug it in and it doesn't show up. some times the blue light flashes fas and other times no blue light just the red. I have tried a thumb drive in the usb and it works. ???? I tried the HD in another computer that is all in french and it did recognize that I plugged it in, but It was doing something, showing a time bar, I didn't want it to reformat it or something so I didn't wait to see what it would do and unplugged it. I was downloading a video converter yesterday. Any help???

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> showing a time bar

That might have been the "autoplay" function, looking at the files, trying to inventory the files,
to see if it should run a program, or open a program to view photos, or open Windows Media Player to view audio/video content.

An external storage-device has four major components:

* the USB cable

* the power-adapter

* the disk-drive inside the enclosure

* the USB-to-disk-drive adapter inside the enclosure.

One of these components has failed.

Try a different USB cable.

Try connecting to a different USB port on your computer.

Try connecting to a USB port on a different computer.

Take a "multi-meter" and measure both the voltage and amperage output from the AC adapter, and compare with the specifications on the label on the adapter.

Open the enclosure, and remove the disk-drive, and then connect it as a "slave" disk-drive in a desktop computer, to see if it works at all.

Purchase a new, compatible, disk-drive, and install it in the enclosure, to "revive" your external storage device.

Get the part-number and serial-number from the label on your disk-drive, and access the manufacturer's web-site, and use "check warranty status", to see if they will replace the device, at minimal cost to you.

There exist commercial "data recovery" services that can try to repair your device, just long-enough to rescue and copy your files.
For example, see: https://services.seagate.com/index.aspx?lng=en-US for a "no data - no charge guarantee".

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