I recently got a new laptop and I've just installed Ubuntu 12.04 on it. I went to transfer files over from my old laptop using my external hard drive and closed the lid when I went away, forgetting I hadn't changed the power settings to do nothing when the lid is closed, so the laptop suspended.
When I reopened the lid, later on, I realised this and got errors that the folders could not be transferred anymore as they did not exist.
My external harddrive is no longer powering up. Is this normal? Can it be fixed?