hard drive reading problems

Asus Laptop with intel pentium processor...
December 22, 2010 at 06:03:08
Specs: Windows XP, 4GB
I have a hard drive (Seagate ATA) which is formatted in Linux. I tried to read it with some special software under windows. I was able to read it. However, I do not know why whenever I try to plug it again to my computer (using the same usb to sata conversor I was the first time) I cannot read the contents of the hard drive anymore. It seems as if the hard drive was unreadable. Would it be possible that this ATA hard drive had turned unreadable for having unplugged the usb-SATA converter before unmounting the device in windows?
The only strange thing is that Windows keep mounting the drive. Of course it does not assign a drive or letter. But if I use a software like Linux reader, there will only show up an icon for this hard drive which says "empty".
Does anyone have any idea to be able to read the hard drive again?
I thought these hard drives would not turn unreadable because of not unmounting the usb -sata converted with which I plugged it into the computer but in the end this might be the reason.
What do you think?

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December 22, 2010 at 13:20:18
Yes, you have to unmount or remove safely the hard drive,

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