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Hello everyone. I have a 500gb WD External drive that I need to recover data from. I tried taking the drive out of the case and connecting it directly to the mother board (via SATA connection) and the drive will not show up at all anywhere (Device Manager, disk management, my computer). So I purchased a new external case and the drive shows up in the Device Manager under Disk Drives as a USB Device. It does not show up in Disk Management or My Computer.
The drive spins up fine and has no audible mechanical problems. I am connecting the drive to a computer with Windows XP with all it's needed updates. Does anyone have any ideas/suggestions?