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Maxtor external HD 250gb not spinning

Last response: in Windows XP
January 2, 2012 2:43:08 AM

Using a Maxtor External hard drive for my eMail data : Turned laptop & HD on as I usually do but the HD does not seem to be spinning & computer is not recognizing the drive: Can anyone suggest what I can do
to get this going again???
January 2, 2012 7:01:50 PM

Are you plugging the drive into the same USB port?
Does the drive have a power adapter, or is it powered by the USB port?
Does the power light on the drive come on?
Have you tried plugging the drive into a different USB port?