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I have a Western Digital Elements harddisk, and a couple of weeks ago I plugged it into my desktop computer. It worked perfectly, then a couple of hours later I was going to plug it into my laptop, it worked perfectly fine.

But here's the problem, when I once again plugged it into my desktop computer, the computer didn't find it. I can't find it in "My Computer".

What should I do? I don't want to lose files on that disk.

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What operating system you are using? –  Olli Mar 1 '11 at 17:01
    
@Olli Windows XP :) –  Janiel Mar 3 '11 at 16:33
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You should also open Disk Manager(right click My Computer-Manage) and see if it has found the disk but it is seen a "foreign" and needs to be imported. Have also seen the disk unavailable as the drive letter it tries to use is in use with a mapped drive or removable media.

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thanks for the answer :) I will try to do this :) –  Janiel Mar 3 '11 at 16:44
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Its possible the enclosure has malfunctioned and the hard drive is fine and your data is still there.

You would need to disassemble the enclosure to remove the hard drive that is inside, then

connect the hard drive to your PC using a hard drive to usb adapter, see if you can read the data using Windows explorer

If this does not allow you to read the hard drive, then you would need to pay a service to recover your data.

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Ok, thanks for the answer man. If someone comes up with a way to do it without disassembeling it i go that way, but if not i guess i have to do it like u said, thanks for the answer :) –  Janiel Mar 1 '11 at 17:08
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