ok, I've tried plugging it into both my computer as well as my girlfriends. It shows it is connected in the maintenance area that can be reached via the control panel, however it won't display in "My Computer." When plugged into my girlfriends it says that the disk is not formatted and do I want to format it now? I have a lot of valuable data on there and I don't want to lose it. It was working fine until recently, and as my pc seems to be having trouble and likely needs to be reformatted, I do'nt want to lose all the data and software that I have on the external as that is where I keep my back up copies of stuff. Is there anyway, other than to reformat that might make the data accessible? Why might this keep happening to me? With three different external hdd's? I've included this image to show you what I am seeing when I used the disk management tool.
you will have to click on it to enlarge it enough for clarity, but i've tested it, and it works enough that I can read it fine.
Also, saying things like "if it were in front of me" are practically useless to me, as you aren't here, I need advice that I can use, such as what other posters have offered.
When I ran the disk management utility I was able to see one of the external hdd's though not the other. I guess as the one I can see is the newer one that I got to back up my data on, I guess that's good, but still, I don't want to hae to format it and then try to recover the data with data recovery tools. How can I just get it to work like it did a day or two ago? Arghh... PLEASE HELP!!!