You had me go under disk managment.....it wasn't one of the two listed drives. But when I went in thru device manager like I had before, and under disk drives, there it was but it's called just simply USB device and it gives no choices such as initialize, format, or anything. Another trick please? :-)
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Try plugging it onto another computer, prferably with a Windows OS. If it reads, then its a driver issue with your computer or your USB port.
If the device isn't recognised, then Im afraid your hard drive has an issue. Take it to a repair center, hopefully its a loose contact withing the USB/IDE points inside the casing and your data should be fine. Keep your fingers crossed.
OK, 2 things to check. First and foremost, when you plug it into the PC does it make that nifty noise to let you know it sees a new piece of hardware?
Second, if it does, you probably need to initialize the disk. Hit the windows button, right click on computer, and select manage. Under the storage category highlight Disk management. If you see the drive there, you can right click and select initialize, or format. From there the system should see the drive.