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How do I Recover data from an old hard drive

I have a Western Digital WD Caviar 102BA hard drive from my old computer. I put it in a hard drive enclosure and plugged it into my USB. I cannot find it anywhere on my computer to search and recover any data. Any help..

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This may sound silly, but does the external enclosure have power? You may have neglected to connect the required power adapter, or it may not be working properly. You might also have a problem with the enclosure's internal power or data cables. They are sometimes pretty flimsy, and sometimes they can go bad.

There's also the chance the drive itself is bad and isn't being detected as a result. Or the interface board in the external enclosure may have failed, and the drive is OK but the computer doesn't see it. If you are connecting to a desktop PC, you can try connecting the drive directly to the main board using an IDE cable and try accessing it that way. Just be sure to set the master/slave jumper accordingly if you do that.

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