I have in the past had a flash drive cease working. I gave up on it for years and kept it for posterity sake. About a year ago, I tried something (I forget what) and ended up getting it to work again. I still use it today, and even though it is an 8gb, it still works for minor stuff. It was like my computer just didn't recognize it. I have a 1tb external HDD that recently started acting up. About 2 weeks ago, it just decided it would not be recognized. My PC thinks it is a removable drive similar to a SDHC card. I hear no spooling of the drive. The computer knows something is plugged in. I don't dare reformatting, and during the time It died, I was fiddling with formatting items to fat32/32 b/sector. I would LOVE to get the data off this drive. It is a laptop hard drive & is the newest hard drive I own....which is odd, because my current backup system uses a raid-1 of a pair of 500gb...each of these drives is over 10 years old. Any suggestions? I would prefer to not lose everything on it....It is half full of EVERY console video game I have ever owned. All of my PSX - Xbox games were on it. I can live without it, but would love to hear others experience. I am now planning a network free raid-1 backup computer with 2-4 drives just for redundancy in the future. Something we all can use at the house for family photos etc.