Why can’t my computer recognize my external hard drive, and how do I fix the problem?

October 18, 2013
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I got a WD Elements 1TB hard drive, and at first it worked fine. But for the last few days, each time I try to run a backup to that drive, I get an error message saying that the drive does not exist. The drive also doesn’t show up in Windows Explorer, and the power light doesn’t come on. I’ve tried disconnecting and reconnecting the drive several times, but it has no effect.

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