All my important data in an external Hard Drive that does not mount. Please help :(
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I feel your pain and frustrations. Does the USB for the drive have two connectors on one end? If so you need to plug in both to ports to provide enough power to the external drive. As suggested, you can use a powered hub in hope of providing power & access to the drive. You could check with a different USB cable to ensure no issues there.
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You should try a LiveCD/DVD to see if the drive is recognized. By using the live system you are excluding a possible installed system issue.
I thank you ALL for your help. Really. With all my best wishes.
I tried too the last things you have recommended me but it didn't work. I can't even format the HD anywhere. It really seems that the HD is dead. I have tried everything. Seagate tools to check the drive healthness say that "it is quite possible that the HD is damaged". I give up
I asked because I have 2 enclosures & 1 went bad, so maybe it's the enlosure. $15 for a new enclosure is worth the risk. I would consider it. Other than that your only other option would be to RMA the unit which should have a 2yr warrantee.