Hard drive not showing in Windows XP

I have windows XP running on Dell gx260 System, previously it was detecting and properly executing on a maxtor 133 secondary dirve, at one day it does not show up the secondary dirve, BIOS is showing the drive bt it is neither in disk management nor anywhere else in the windows....please help and advise.... can my data still be recovered or gone forever??????
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  1. There is a very good chance that the drive has failed and that your data is unrecoverable (except by very expensive data recovery firms) to make sure I would fit the drive into another computer or fit it to an IDE/SATA to USB converter which are available for a few Ralods.
  2. balckdust said:
    I have windows XP running on Dell gx260 System, previously it was detecting and properly executing on a maxtor 133 secondary dirve, at one day it does not show up the secondary dirve, BIOS is showing the drive bt it is neither in disk management nor anywhere else in the windows....please help and advise.... can my data still be recovered or gone forever??????
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