Verbatim external 500 gb model# IS500

Hi I have 2 hard-drives that are stuck scanning, one was working fine yesterday and then just started scanning(the scanning started showing up on the little window on the front of the hard-drive itself) anyway...can anyone tell me how to fix this so that I can get my stuff off of it. :cry:
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  1. Have you tried booting in safe mode?
    Scanning is usually software accessing the drive, the software could be a virus, anti-virus, or just a simple drive indexing for examples.
  2. I had the same problem. My Verbatim IS500 said "Scanning" on the display and no matter what I did, it wouldn't change. I plugged it into different USB ports on different computers, but it wouldn't read properly. Then I discovered the problem--the USB to Mini-USB cable I was using (which, by the way, is fully functional with other devices). When I found and switched back to the original cable provided with the device, it worked perfectly! So try to find the original cable--perhaps Verbatim has a proprietary connector or a slightly different fit than other commercial cables.
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