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SoaringDodo

 
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This may be a hardware failure on the part of the Maxtor HDD.

Usually it means the controller inside the enclosure goes out. Fortunately, it also means that you can remove the drive from the enclosure, install it in a new one and be back up and running.

Check the cable as chscag suggests and also try different USB ports to eliminate that as a potential cause.

If neither of these remedy your issue, then you'll need to take the next step and put the HDD in a new enclosure and go from there. If that doesn't work, then the drive is bad.

Not to be the bearer of bad new but Maxtor drives have a history of high failure rates. If you can get it up and running, I would suggest you get your data off it and onto another drive ASAP.
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