For the first time (and unfortunately not the last) in my life I have experienced what I believe is a failed external hard drive. I'm not sure 100%, I just know that it turns on but it is not recognized by my Windows desktop nor my MacBook Pro laptop. The drive is about 3 and a half-years old but it really saw minimal usage. I started to see problems with it roughly around the time I upgraded to Windows 7 x64 (last December). Then, it just stopped working. I don't have anything really important in there, however, there are some memorable photos of which exist only on this drive. Does anybody know of any software I can look into that will allow me to recover a minimal amount of files? I definitely don't need to save everything -- just a few files here and there. Obviously, I'll need a program that can recognize that the drive has actually been plugged into the system. Also, I swapped USB cords hoping for a damaged USB issue, but I came up empty-handed. I'd really appreciate the help. Thanks in advance.
P.S. I don't want to take it to get serviced, as I know that's the obvious (yet expensive) option.
Edited by Feonix, 15 May 2011 - 03:31 PM.