External HDD failure

  homer007 15:30 15 Jan 2006
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I have a LaCie portable HDD connected by USB2.0 port to a laptop. Worked fine until recently Windows 2000 doesn't 'see' drive. Have constant red LED rather than green on panel of HDD, so power OK. Have been told it is possibly the integrated disk controller on HDD and would require hardware fix and reformat, but would rather not have to reinstall data.

Have tried different USB ports, reinstalling drivers, scanning for new hardware.

Any other suggestions?

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