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External hard drive failure is normally noted when the computer does not recognize that the external hard drive is connected to the system. This is the first sign of a major external hard drive failure. A key other symptom is that the external hard drive begins to make clicking noises when it is having spindle and platter problems. This clicking noise is a sign of an imminent crash. In such a situation, the first thing you have to do is to unplug the hard drive to prevent further damage. However, it is better to find out whether all these symptoms are due to physical failure, or simply file system problems.

How are you going to confirm that your external hard drive has a problem? Simply connect another working external hard drive to the USB port of the computer. If that hard drive is recognized by the computer, there should be …

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