Seagate External Hard Drive 1tb not working

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jt1983

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I have used this hard drive without issues since the day I bought it (Nov. 26 2009). All the sudden 2 days ago I unplugged it from my laptop and when I returned home and plugged it back in my computer flashed a screen saying the drive was not formatted. I contacted Seagate and followed their steps. However, I am still getting nothing. The drive is showing up under my computer, but only as a local disk, not as an expansion drive as it did before the drive also shows up under my device manager, but, once again if I try to do anything my computer will lock up. Whenever I try to access it, my computer will lock up. When shutting down my computer it will continue to stay on the windows is shutting down screen until I unplug the drive from the USB. It is not emitting any funny noises. I am not sure what to do; there is too much information on the drive for my computer to hold if I tried to do a data recovery. It is just strange that it would work fine and then a few hours later give me all kinds of issues. If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it!
I am operating with a Dell 1737 studio, 4gb, with windows 7 ultimate.
 

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