external hard drive not recognised/spinning
I have a Compaq Armada M700 laptop, 256 mb ram, 11 gig HDD, Windows XP.
EDIT: Okay, I dunno if it was because I switched USB cables, or because I tapped the casing a little bit, or because the drive is currently laying face-down, but whatever it is, I shut down my laptop, plugged the drive back in with a different USB cable like I said, turned it on and--it started spinning! Yay! No clicking/ticking or grinding either. But I'm doing an online backup now just in case it is dying and I have to shell out for a new external HDD.