My maxtor external hard disk 250 GB shows g: access denied. Error performing inp

My maxtor external hard disk 250 GB shows g: access denied. Error performing inpage eperation. I have important files in it and must recover them. The computer is able to detect the external drive but when I try to open it it shows the error. Also the system becomes very slow or hangs when the drive is connected. Please help.
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  1. The drive may be dead...

    First, go to seagate.com (they own maxtor now)
    Go the the downloads section, there you can download Dianostic utilities like "Seatools" and a file recovery program.
    OR IF THAT DOESN'T WORK
    You can take it to a file recovery service to get the files off the drive. FYI using this service can cost from $80 up to hundreds (You'll have to get a quote from them)
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