I have an internal Western Digital 80 GB HD inside of an Adaptec 3.5" USB 2.0 case. It has worked well for almost a year. When I reformatted my computer last week, I left the external HD plugged in and when it prompted me which parition I wanted Windows installed on (in that DOS-like Windows installation program after startup), I deleted both partitions (not thinking the second was my external) with no actual formatting yet. (it appeared as if the "labels" for the drives had been erased, but no physical formatting had yet occured). I then ran out of battery, plugged my power in and restarted, this time with the external unplugged. I got to the format screen again, this time with only my internal drive listed and went along with the formatting that took awhile. (Didnt go through this before with either drives).
Now, when I plug my external in, Windows recognizes it, and it appears in the Device Manager as working properly, but the drive is NOT there in My Computer...
any suggestions??? I, as well as a few of my savvy friends, are stumped.
Thanks a lot for any and all help!