External hard drive disappears

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Hello,

I have a 400gb ext WD hard drive for back ups which has worked flawlessly for over a year. As of late (about a month) the drive keeps disappearing from the "my computer" list and therefore does not do the backups. Nothing has changed in my settings, it gets a bit frustrating having to unplug and plug the drive in just to see it.

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Hello,

This sound like a cable issue, try to change it and see if the problem still exist.
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quick update, I powered down and up the external and both my computer now see the drive. This may last a minute or an hour until i try to to do something with it.
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Can you open it now?
Formatting the drive now using the download. Is this going to help if the drive is in fact failing? Will the reformat help it or is this just a shot since I've got nothing to lose?
I have formatted the drive using the download tool you suggested, thanks. I am now copying some files onto the external just to see if it holds. Probably won't be able to say for sure until tomorrow.
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Happy to hear that it works again.

Have a nice day!