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Seems to be recurring problem due to other people reporting the same issue.
All works fine until one day the blue light comes on but the drive inside does not spin up.
I have just disassembled and the drive is a western digital caviar 320gb. Put it in a different enclosure and the data and drive are fine.
I suspect the little pcb inside. Probably not supplying 12V properly so the drive could not spin up. could not see any signs of an internal fuse. Linux also did not report anything when plugged in, so no comms over USB to the host system. Very Borked.
Good drive inside though. You might be able to find them cheap just for the drive with prices being high for storage at the moment ( as of end of 2011)
320GB USB 2.5-inch portable external hard drive Stylish and solid aluminium casing Perfect ... more
storage solution for your digital videos photos and music and data Silent operation Stylish design Hi Speed USB 2.0 interface PX1624E-1HC2 In the box 320GB Toshiba STOR.E ALU 2 portable hard driveUSB cable Quick Start GuideUsers Manual pre-installed on the hard driveWarranty leaflet