I have an eStar external HDD that's been working fine for 6mths until last 2 days. I noticed a MAJOR slow down in my windows explorer...and accessing things like recycle bin and my computer. Inside explorer I can access all other drives, but it's slow to respond. I tried to access my H drive...and it hung, for a good while, finally giving me an I/O error message. I unplugged it, shut it off and waited about 5mins. Turned it back on and reconnected and the little window where it was reading the drive came up...showing the little flashlight icon whil reading the files. It did this for a bit, then it froze when I tried to enter the drive. If someone pops online on MSN their window goes up and down slowly leaving "ghost" trails.....but once I shut down the ext HDD again....all goes back to normal. Any ideas on why suddenly it is unaccessable and why it would slow my whole system down. Before I tried the ext HDD....I did adware/spyware and virus checks all with no results. It is not VITAL I get this drive back, but it does have 4games on it that I'd like to retrieve if it's possible. thx for any input.