My IDE hard drive doesn't appear anymore. Device Manager on Windows 7 won't show it. Device Manager in XP won't connect when it is plugged in via an external enclosure. The unit will show up in BIOS, and when I plug it in via an external enclosure, the "Remove Hardware" system tray Icon appears.
Any suggestions? Should I try the freezer trick?
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on the external encloser does it show up in device manager? it could be as simple as having some dead sectors at the start of the drive. get a diag program like pc check or pc doctor or MHDD to run some tests on the HD. find out if its physically dead or just some bad sectors.