Windows 7 reboot, it will not see my USB drive

Every time I lose power, or the system crashes, it screws up any USB Drives I have running.

I have a 500 GB Seagate external drive hooked via a USB device in Windows 7 and last night, Microsoft installed 13 "critical" updates and this morning after the reboot, I can not "see" my USB drive except in the Device Manager but Windows will not give it a letter and Disk Manager says it needs to be "Initialized" and I am afraid to do so.

Any advice so my data can be recovered?http://img.tomshardware.com/forum/uk/icones/smilies/ouch.gif
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  1. Try connecting the device before you power-on the computer, and see if W7 finds it that way.
  2. Yes, tried that too.

    Thanks

    Have you ever initialized a good data drive and did it keep the data?
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