Posted 13 January 2008 - 10:23 AM
Since it's not detected as a drive on another computer - either the circuitry in the external drive housing is damaged or the hard drive is damaged/formatted.
Try checking for the drive in Disk Management to see what it says there (go to Start...Run...and type in "diskmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter). Let us know what it says and we can work from there.
If the drive is damaged/formated and the data is still recoverable, it's essential that you don't use the drive any more than is absolutely essential. Any use of the drive by Windows could overwrite the very files that you're trying to save. But you'll have to use it a bit in order to check it - so you'll have to take that risk.
If the data is too valuable for this, I'd suggest taking it to a shop that specializes in data recovery - or contacting Western Digital about data recovery options that they may offer.
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