my 2tb external hard no loner appears as a drive. I can see the drive in device manager but volume info is not found. this drive was working fine than just disappeared and will not boot with usb connection. I can see it using my blackx box but cannot access data. how can I recover data?
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I've got exactly the same problem with a My Passport 0730 ( a WD 500Gb external hdd). I'm trying for the last 24 hours lots of tricks and software but still didn't get any positive results. One year of studies lying in this hard drive. When I plugged it in the computer running Win8 it installs itself in perfection, I hear the disk spinning, it stays like a charm in the disk area of the Device Manager, but doesn't appears in My Computer neither in the Disk Management in System tools. Any help PLEASE?!