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My 320gig Simpletech Black cherry signature mini hard drive isn't being recognized by my computer. I have tried using the hard drive on a desktop computer and it still doesn't work. I have a lot of important data on this hard drive that I need very soon for school and I fear that it is all lost because I am completely unable to access the hard drive from any computer. The red light turns on and I can hear the disk spinning, but besides that it has become a useless paperweight.

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Try using the included USB power cable to make sure the hard drive is getting enough juice. If that doesn't work, then try getting a power adapter to plug into the back of it, just make sure it is the right voltage for the hard drive. You can usually find the voltage written on the back of the hard drive where the plug-in is for the adapter or in the user manual, and you can find adapters in electronics stores such as RadioShack or CircutCity.

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