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by: pace60 June 25, 2010 4:29 PM PDT

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Cannot acces External Hard Drive , Will Not Start Up.. Help

by pace60 - 6/25/10 4:29 PM

Hi Everyone I am sorry if this is long but I want to give as much information as i can about this... Please in need of any ideas.

I have a WD 1TB ExHD via USB and power cord to power the 3.5 drive.
My Desktop/lasptop Operating systems are XP-sp 2&3, Vista 32bit&64bit..

This hard drive is my presious she has never been dropped or wrongly traeated in any matter as on all of my computers I have as much minimal datat saved on the internal drives(only OPsystems, ceritan work programs eg. frutiy loops, Microsoft office packs and visual basics) EVERYTHING i mean lol EVERYTHING my Life is on this drive as this is my main drive i use... I do also have 2 500g ExHD and also a 320g External.But they are fine.

The only thing which i have done recently that i can think of which i dont normally do and have only done on one other occasion is connect my main External to my PS3 system via USB. the hard drive was not recognized on the ps3 system even if i pressed triangle then display all files. so i left it at that and began playing a ps3 game. handed ps3 controller over to a friend and went to complete work on another pc. came back WD drive was unplugged , I then done what i normaly do an plugged it into my laptop which i use with visual to save a program which i had been working on BUT when inserted i heard the normal plug and ply sounds. it even cam up as WD extral drive inserted or something close to that in the bubble on taskbar..

ONCE in My computer drive will usually came up as WD_BOOK#: (where # is will be slot plugged into) But this time it just came up with the Drive#:
I had gone through properties it shows as being drive as full all blue but size of drive 0bytes.. all it wants to do when explored or opened is format.. I cant do this as i have work related files which i use as a way of living and need these files... Please I am open to all ideas even if i have tried them.. I will let you know if i have or not.. Please please please :P

sorry about the novel.


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