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External hard drive

Good afternoon. I am having a problem with my external hard drive. It isn't showing up in my computer and it seems to be running but first it makes a few clicking noises then winds down and doesnt seem to be running anymore. Then will run again and same thing, click and wind down and stops. There is power, but it wont load my information. Thank you in advanced for your time.

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  • rruelas2000 Aug 27, 2008

    It's the same problem. My drive is not showing up as a drive on "My Computer"



    its a 120 GB Qmemory 2.5" Hi-Speed Mobile Disk

  • mcgheej Aug 27, 2008

    I have the same problem. my blue light illuminates, but I hear a
    clicking sound then nothing else. There's no silent whirr of the hard
    drive anymore as if it's not running

  • macD222 Sep 02, 2008

    I have a problem with my 500GB Argosy mobile video HDD HV356T. While I was organising files on the device my laptop stoped working. As a last resort I manually switched off the HDD and then restarted my laptop. When I turned on the HDD again it wouldn't show up on my laptop. It sounded as if it was trying to start up 2 or 3 times then stoped with the blue power light still on. I the connected it to my tv and the message "No disk" was displayed.

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I found that explorer doesn't show a drive that isn't partitioned. I went to the Disk Manager and it shows up there. I right clicked for new partition and assigned it a drive letter. My problem was fixed. Windows XP

Disk Manager. under:
Control Panel, Admin. Tools, Computer Mgr, Disk Manager.

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