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I have a TOSHIBA 250GB Hard Drive, have been using it but all over a sudden it stopped being recognized by my computer, it has my important documents please help

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Most problems like yours are usually due to the connection not the device. Check your cable, or if you have another one try that first. If that does not solve the problem get back to me.

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