But stories in this forum note that the drive contents can vanish on improper shutdowns and removals.
Why are you abusing your hardware? (bump,crash,etc.?)
I have a Toshiba laptop running Windows 2000. I use a 30GB external hard drive. It used to work fine. Yesterday an application crashed (the external HD was NOT in use) and I had to hard reset my laptop. Shoet time after that I bumped the external HD power supply and I was notified about the incorrect drive removal. Later I noticed that I can't see the external drive any longer.
Current situation: the computer recpgnizes that a USB hard drive is connected ("Unplug or Eject harware" window, but the drive is not listed in Explorer or My Computer and I can't access its content. Any ideas about accessing the files again?