Really struggling with my external hard drive after a couple months of use. I connected it via USB to my laptop today, but (while it would physically connect), I couldn't access anything on the hard drive itself. Every program on my laptop would slow down (running windows 7), and the external HD would start clicking, unable to connect. Tried it on a different laptop (running windows XP) and same issue. I can't really get it to disconnect properly either (I shut down my laptop and then turned off and disconnected the device after my laptop had shut down).
This is the HD I have: http://www.amazon.com/Iomega-Desktop-External-Drive-34823/dp/B0035J9TM8
I have no idea what I did? Only thing I can think of is I accidentally turned the device on this time before connecting it to the laptop. Otherwise, maybe I didn't 'safely eject' before physically removing it last time? I don't THINK that's the case, though, as I'm usually pretty good about it. I have almost a terabyte worth of files on there that I'd really rather not lose (most are just backups, but there's a few primary files on there as well; I know, I know, I should've backed up appropriately, but if I HAVE to lose them, I can suck it up and deal, I'd just obviously prefer not to).