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External Hard Drive... dead?

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Atomic Robot

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I've got a 250GB Lacie external drive which I can no longer access. I've tried attaching it to a couple of different computers. I also tried a power supply from another drive of the same model which is working. I always get the same result.

When I try to mount the drive I hear what sounds like a normal bit of soft clicking from the drive then after a few seconds I get the message: "The drive is not ready for use; its door may be open. Please check drive \Device\Harddisk2\DR10 and make sure that a disk is inserted and that the drive door is closed."

So all of a sudden the OS thinks this is a removable media drive?

Anyone know if I can get this thing back, or is it just gone?
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A clicking sound usually means the end.
If the warranty is over then here is what you can try.
Either the case is not working correctly or the hard drive is not working or that the two work but not together any more.
Open the case with a screw driver.
Now connect the the hard drive inside the computer directly.
Turn off the computer and unplug. open the side door. now connect the hard drive to cables inside. I don't know exactly what model you have. So if is IDE connected then you can use the wide cable inside the computer. and the power inside. you can connect it instead of the cd/dvd to see what happens. if it is sata or a small hard drive it is a different connection so if you post the model or a picture of the connection we can help you connect it.

If the disk clicks constantly then you need to see if you can save the data.

Post what you know so that we can give better instruction.
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