I have an old Maxtor External HDD that holds roughly 250GB, maybe a little more, not sure. Anyway, I tried to plug it in via USB, but it doesn't read, all it does is make this clicking sound. Is my external HDD dead? I would hope not since I have a lot of information on it.
If non of that works, you can try removing the drive from the enclosure and connecting it directly to your motherboard and see if it works that way. At the very least you may be able to copy data off of it.
I figured out the problem. Did some quick research and found out the drive only works on 32-bit Operating Systems, so I was able to hook up the Maxtor to my old PC and it all worked. I then copied all the data onto the internal hard drive. Now I do have a question, the drive is a SATA drive, if I throw that into an External Enclosure, could I then use it on my current PC?