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Please excuse the fact that I am a novice when it comes to technology.

I have a Buslink 200GB External USB2.0 Hard Drive that has all of a sudden stopped working. Since this is my backup drive for all my software, files, music, pictures, etc. this has caused a small panic on my part.

I am able to power it up, the drive starts to spin normally and then stops. All connections are fine, I switched out the USB cable, tried connecting it to two other laptops and nothing. I cannot get the laptop to recognize the drive and the drive doesn't seem to be doing anything. Any help would be appreciated!
 

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As it's an external drive it could be that the controller circuitry in the external case has gone bad. Pull the hard disk out of the case and connect it as a slave internally in your computer case. See if it works then and you will be able to get the data off.
 
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