|Disk Management will not show it. It won't even show when booting from Bart PE, or in DiskTest, which rules out a registry problem. It was probably my fault, I did some weird stuff with the drive, I think I should explain because the problem started after that. The drive was plugged into my XP, working just fine for many months. I connected to a Win 7 64-bit laptop, first using Remote Desktop with the option to share local resources. The shared resource was drive P, the usb disk. That worked fine. After a while I decided to not rely on Remote Desk and tried sharing it accross the network. The drive would show on the Win 7, but of course, I ran into the usual permissions problems, also started getting the message "Delayed Write Error" on the XP. I changed the permissions to the drive in XP, allowing full rights to EVERYONE. But at some point I had BOTH Remote Desk AND the share going, with my Win 7 trying to map to the drive with a letter. I am not sure, but I think at some point I ended up with TWO drives with the letter P. After that, everything went downhill. At some point I did change the letter from P to W in XP, but the drive went from the delayed write error to disappearing completely from everywhere EXCEPT the Device Manager where it showed as a disk functioning properly, but with no volumes. I uninstalled and rebooted, and XP added it back with the same results. Nothing was written to the drive, so I suspect all the data is still there, someone mentioned that the same happened to them but it was a matter of "unhiding" the partition, which he managed by using System Commander 7. At this point I will try anything before giving up. Any other hints?|
PS: another important detail. I had an external enclosure with a Seagate plugged into the XP machine, as well as an audio usb interface. I wonder if that was too much USB power draw and could have affected the WD. The external enclosure does have its own power supply, however.
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