I understand. You are not seeing it under "my computer" or explorer. I will ask you again and if you are not willing to try what is suggested, then we can't help you.
Look in computer management and see if it is recognised.
To get there..... select start/ right click "my computer" and select manage.
I am trying to go under the theory that it is NOT completely dead so that we can furthur assist you.
i'm not doing it because i've ALREADY done it, i may not be super smart, however i AM smart enough to try it way before you asked me to, i tried moving to another external hdd casing, then directly plugging to the motherboard via IDE cable then tried your method last
as i just said i may not be super smart but it is obvious it is a hardware failure, it not being able to recognise it, "IS NOT" the problem, how can it recognise it if its not even running its just common-sense, even for a moron like me.
I sent it away to be checked and it was said to be " electrical failures located throughout the printed circuit board'.
therefore it proves my OBVIOUS theory i was right......NOT RUNNING, power is not being absorbed which is why its not booting or spinning thats why i never tried your advice not to mention i tried it way before i asked help on this site.
so obvious its not a recognising thing, i stated repeatedly its not a recognition thing the drive just won't run....no sounds no rattling.....not booting...if its not running how do i try your options?????
thats why i replied stating this repeatedly, i have no idea why you refused to listen to me, without trying your method or sending it away i can tell you its too obvious EVEN for a non computer savvy person...that the hdd is not running, not running means not working therefore it breaks the point that trying to use software to recognise the drive is VERY irrelevant and pointless.....so much so, that even if it was software that fixes hdd 'clusters' it would still not work ......HDD WILL NOT TURN ON/SPIN !!
thank you for your help, however if you can't give me a way to make the thing run long enough to save the data, then i'll have to bite the bullet and pay the price for data retrieval.