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Do you see the drive light on and can you hear the fan on your disk? If yes then try using a different usb port and a different usb cable. Check to see if there are any other drives with the same drive letter.
You can find this by right mouse clicking my computer, select manage, select disk drive manager see if the drive is recognized and if it trying to use the same letter as another. If so change the letter and it will be seen.
Have you tried it in another computer? I think these kind of problems can sometimes be caused by USB voltage problems, especially if your MBP has an old battery (I believe the battery is used as a power buffer to keep size of transformer down). If that doesn't work, see if you can find someone with the same HDD power supply and try switching that over. Failing that it's data recovery, you may be able to do this yourself by switching the actual hard drive into a new enclosure.
I have ".Window 7." Sometime I see a icon and it shows the drive size and can't read and my work. Yes, I do save my work on my hard drive, but I also want to save it on my external drive. . I even reboot.
Just a shot in the dark, but ..., shut down your computer and unplug the drive. Turn the hard drive off, then back on. Plug it back into the computer and restart. If it doesn't pop up, restart your computer this time with it plugged in.
Is there any noise coming from the drive? Is the green light on the front?
The same thing happened to me and the same drive, but 500gb. I did the above and it fired right back up again. You may have to delete the trial version from the drive if it on there, or from your computer if you had originally installed it.
First try to spray the inside of the cd drive with compressed air. if that doesn't work, your cd drive is shot, you could either try opening it up (not recomended) or you could go to a computer store and have them install a new cd drive (recommended) such as best buy.
Search around on this site for MyBook 500GB problems. I've responded to a couple, but it amazes me that lots of people, including myself, has a failed unit. Mine lasted 1.5 yrs and failure is caused by burned chip pins on the drive controller. Seems likely to be a heat issue. More info about what I did; see my other posts.
Dude you can still read the drive in Windows. The drive is formatted in Fat16. The partition you are talking about is only to get the USB to recognize the FAT16. Just a boot loader for the device. The problem is the voltage regulator. They are only using a 1 amp that should be a 2 amp. The harddrive has some current draw. When the drive starts flashing it just overloaded the power supply and cant be read by Windows. Simply remove the drive plug it in a IDE interface on the computer and you should be ready to go. You could also replace the voltage regulator with a higher current model, but you must be an expert in soldering SMT......