My Western Digital MyBook Essential external HDD crashed recently and I'm trying to recover my data from it.
Thinking that the HDD enclosure is simply a USB/SATA converter, I tried connecting the internal HDD directly to my PC through a SATA port. However, this didn't work and the Windows Disk Management tool only recognized the drive as "unallocated space".
I'm concerned that my action could have allowed Windows to modify my HDD in an unrecoverable way, e.g. low-level operation to MBR, etc.