Re: Problem with my external hard drive
I take it you've tried plugging it into different ports? What is this a USB drive?
Try this, open up a command line, and type in "dmesg" without the quotes. Then plug the drive in, and do "dmesg" again. You can then see if the drive's at least getting detected, and assigned to device in the /dev directory. If it comes up, you can then try to manually mount the device from the command line.
Have you tried plugging the drive into another computer? Does the drive actually show signs of being powered on when you've got it hooked up? Like power lights, you can feel the drive motor spinning, etc.
If it won't show up at all, on this computer, and another, and you're feeling adventurous, you could try to remove the drive from it's enclosure, and plug it right into your motherboard. It's probably just an ide or sata drive inside there, and might be pretty easy to open up and get at. It could just be the USB to sata/ide bridge is hosed, or even something to do with the power in the enclosure, and the drive itself might be fine if you removed it. This might not be easy to do, depending on the drive, and probably voids the warranty.
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