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My LaCie 500GB External Hard Drive stopped working. Before when I turned it on, I could hear it spinning but now all I hear is a clicking sound. When connected to my computer the computer no longer recognizes it. To me it sounds like the motor inside is stuck. But I don't know? Can you help me?

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Hi,
Sorry nothing to do your harddrive is dead. you might be able to open the case and replace the harddrive with a new one. Try searching google or youtube on how to do that.
Regards.

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