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My Western Digital My Book 500GB drive enclosure has failed. I've pulled both drives from the enclosure and have connected them by a USB SATA connector to my Windows 7 computer. The drives are recognized by Disk Management but Explorer is not an option (grayed out).

How can I access these drives?

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Post a screenshot of Disk management, add it to your original post using edit. – Moab Jul 2 '11 at 19:19
has disk management assigned them a drive letter? – Kevin Jul 2 '11 at 20:50
@Moab, he’s got 1-rep, so he can’t add a photo. John, you can still add the link to the photo as text. – Synetech Jul 26 '11 at 2:34

The WD 1G that I've owned, assuming the 500G is the same, had a block of data before the actual drive started. Under Windows, I'm not sure how to skip over the first 512b of a drive. Find a computer using Linux, the losetup command for making a virtual disk, skipping over the first 512b of firmware.

Beyond that, the drive didn't seem to affect the data on the drive, just moved everything up 1 block.

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