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Unistalled ext hd unsafely, now not being recognized.

I unsafely unistalled my external hard drive, and now it's not reading on any computer... It won't even show up. when I open My Computer, it's there, but as a Local Drive. Then I try opening it just doesn't open or sometimes freezes the Computer. Please help me.. anybody.. I've got really precious pictures and Home Videos that I hope I will not loose.
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I would suggest a professional data recovery company such as TechRx, Inc. The Western Digital (anything) is sensitive to power fluctuations (such as unplugging without ejecting) on /off issues. Parts on the PCB (control board on the drive) can burn and causes problems.

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I wouldn't recommend turning it on and off too many more times without having it looked at. Especially, when the photos are important.

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It could be that the "table of contents" on the external disk-drive has been scrambled. Whatever you _do_ try, do _NOT_ try to run 'CHKDSK' (or "check disk") against the drive.

Instead, look online for "File Scavenger" software, which can read through the drive, sector by sector, and try to "stitch" together the pieces, in order to "recover" your files.

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