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Wd 2500bmv not recognized by windows browser in xp but recognized by device mana

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November 17, 2011 3:32:03 PM

Hello,
In last 2-3 days my external mobile hard drive WD 2500bmv won't show in Windows browser but it does show in Device Manager.
It doesn't show in Disk management either.
XP Sp3, external device is full of data that I'd like to have.
Reinstalled driver for it, disconnected/reconnected numerous times, chkdsk done for C: drive only 'cause it can't be seen by XP.
It doesn't show on my other laptop either with Windows 7.
Populate button doesn't bring any info under Properties button in Device Manager.
Any suggestion?
a c 279 G Storage
November 17, 2011 3:43:08 PM

As I wrote here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

The usual approaches to such a problem are

1) Fall back on your backups, if you have them. If you don't, learn from this and do them in the future.

2) Remove the drive from the case and attach it directly to a system's motherboard, to rule out a problem in the USB cable or enclosure

3) Download and run a recovery tool like EASEUS Partition Recovery, Recuva, or any of a dozen than get mentioned on this forum frequently. If it recovers the data, immediately copy it to another disk in case this disk is failing.

4) download and run the diagnostics from Western Digital. If the drive fails, chuck it. If it passes, it's up to you whether to trust it or not.

Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
November 17, 2011 4:20:10 PM

I followed your link and posted there by mistake.
Here is it:
That was fast- thanks.
I'm running Easeus partition recovery already.
It succeded to see my external WD 2500bmv so I chose it, hit Proceed button.
It's taking sweet time- it shows all 238475MB 'Unallocated' but Proceed button is still grayed out.
How long does it take usual recovery?

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November 18, 2011 1:33:03 AM

My external hard drive was my backup.
Running Seagate toools, long generic test: userguide is saying it can run for hours -in about 40 minutes more than 200 errors ...and counting.
a c 279 G Storage
November 18, 2011 11:03:07 AM

Ah-hah! If it's your backup drive, and all that is on it is backups, you are lucky.

Buy a new drive, make new backups, trash the old one. You could take the drive out of the old one and put in a new drive, so you will have two external drives. My favorite way to dispose of a dead drive is to open it and see if the platters are metal-based (older) or glass-based (newer). If glass-based, put one in a Ziploc bag and hit it with a mallet. Disk fragments!
November 24, 2011 11:34:18 PM

New hard-drive was the solution
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