I have recently bought a Seagate Expansion 750GB external hard drive and for a little while it was working fine. However, I'm pretty sure I corrupted the drive since now it isn't being recognized by my computer anymore. I am mainly using it for a WD TV Live, and that isn't recognizing it either. I tried one other computer and it acts the same way.
Basically, when I plug it into my computer (Windows XP SP2), it turns on, spins, no clicking sound, and the LED flickers. Despite this, my computer acts as if nothing has happened. It doesn't even show up in the "Disk Management" section of the "Computer Management" window.
All I want to do it reformat this damn thing so I can use it again. I already have all of the movies I stored on it on another drive. So my question is: Assuming I am correct in that the drive has been corrupted and needs to be reformatted, how do I accomplish this when the drive isn't even being seen by my computer? Or rather, how can I get my computer to recognize it? If I'm not correct, then that's an issue for another question.
Also, get this. It started acting this way after I accidentally momentarily inserted the tip of the USB plug upside-down into the port. After that, it started not working right. Since then, it was recognized once by my computer, after a reboot. Rebooting doesn't work anymore. It didn't make sense to me but hopefully it will make sense to someone here.