I have been researching a solution all morning to a problem Im having to get my computer to recognize my external harddrive that just decided to fail on me during a computer freeze and a hard restart. I have been using this drive for storing work photos on directly (as I had a similar problem happen where windows wouldnt start and had to reformat I felt it more smart just to just work from the external harddrive then updating it constantly - which may have lead to this problem). Now when I plug the drive into the USB it makes a quiet fast paced beeping sound like its trying to load then after about 30 seconds the white light comes on and starts to blink but nothing is recognized. I have tried to get it to work on both my computers, one running Linux mint and the other Windows 7 with the same results. I have also tried some of Seagates backup tools (and a couple others) but it doesnt even recognize the drive at all. I have also followed Seagates 'solution' they list for when the light is blinking which doesnt work. Im really afraid the drive is dead and thousands of hours of work photos have been lost among other important files (do I really need to backup my backup drive??). It is under warranty until January but I dont think I should have to pay to have them recover my files if its a defective product. Please if anyone can let me know if I should keep trying to figure this out or stop wasting my time if it sounds dead and send it in for a replacement. Thanks for your time & answers.