What are you using to connect the drive, SATA to USB cable or an enclosure? Sometimes the error message may be related to connectivity problems. I suggest you to try with another cable and on another PC. Do you have important data on the drive? If you to, connect the drive to a desktop PC, using a SATA connection, backup your information and format the drive. Try to reconnect it to your laptop. Search for it in Disk Management. Does it appear with correct drive letter and file format?
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