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Was in file on external drive, program closed on me; now computer won't even recognize the drive? What do I do?

I have a Maxtor external drive

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unplug everything, restart laptop, then hard-drive

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The first thing to do is to unplug the external drive but make sure the data is well secured. Then, restart the computer to see if it will be fine. You can also run the antivirus for any viruses that could be in the drive. If nothing happens, check with a technician.

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At first that didn't work, so I tried it again, and then it came to life!!! Thank you sooo much!
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