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External HDD: Bricked or not?

Last response: in Windows 7
November 12, 2011 2:34:09 AM

Hello all,
I have been dual booting Ubuntu and 7U for a few months now. I turned on BitLocker, but when I realized that the absurdity of what I had done, I did what I thought was turning BitLocker off. The lock icon was still superimposed on the drive icon, so I'm now assuming that it didn't actually get turned off. ※I don't believe I interrupted any locking/unlocking processes.

After booting Ubuntu again it still wasn't accessible, so I went back into Windows and now it isn't being recognized there either.

If it is bricked, I'm willing to move on and write it up as 500 GB of lost cause. But, even if I can't retrieve my (decade of) data, I'd like to be able use the space again.

Where do I even start?

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a b $ Windows 7
November 12, 2011 4:08:05 AM

Better find your pass or it is bricked.
November 12, 2011 4:15:50 AM

I know the password, the problem is that the drive never even shows up. However, if there is another way to input the pass do let me know.
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a b $ Windows 7
November 12, 2011 4:22:06 AM

I see, does it show in the BIOS?
November 12, 2011 4:57:19 AM

I'm not sure what to look for, but I'll check.
a b $ Windows 7
November 12, 2011 7:59:12 AM

When u start PC, first is BIOS and it lists recognized devices. HDD is there too.
a b $ Windows 7
November 12, 2011 8:01:04 AM

Looks like this.
November 13, 2011 8:07:36 AM

Actually, I meant I'm not sure how to see the external drive through BIOS. It's connected by USB. Will it even recognize it?
a b $ Windows 7
November 13, 2011 8:09:51 AM

Well, u could have told me first that it is USB external drive.
a b $ Windows 7
November 13, 2011 8:12:44 AM

All your USB ports are working fine? Try different ports.
November 13, 2011 10:19:24 AM

I've tried all my ports. Sorry I haven't been very helpful. Tom's used to put our computer info where sigs go. Here's my computer:

case: NZXT Phantom, white; 3 x 120 mm fans, 2 x side, 1 x back; 1 x 200 mm fan, top; +1 x 144 mm fan, front
PSU: Cellster 1000W 80 Plus Silver
mobo: Asus Rampage III Extreme
4009 MHz CPU: Core i7 970, stock fan
graphics: 2GB Radeon HD 6950
6 GB RAM: Corsair 3 x 2 GB Vengence DDR3-1333
2 hard drives: Hitachi 2 TB SATA III; LaCie 500 GB USB (possibly bricked)
Dual booting OS: Ubuntu 11.04; Windows 7, 64-bit
5.1 speakers: Creative Inspire T6160
17 in. monitor: HYUNDAI ImageQuest M17A
November 19, 2011 4:46:34 PM

I'm assuming it's bricked. But, just in case, does anyone else want to take a crack at this before I toss out my HDD?