My external hard disk don't show up in "My Computer"

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Errefae Posts 5 Registration date Monday December 8, 2014 Status Member Last seen December 14, 2014 - Dec 8, 2014 at 10:20 PM
Errefae Posts 5 Registration date Monday December 8, 2014 Status Member Last seen December 14, 2014 - Dec 11, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Hello,

my external hard disk was working fine last day, when i connected it today it don't appear in my computer but in the Disk Management i can see it changed to RAW! (i safely remove all my external devices).
on this hard disk important data that i don't want to lose.
last day i installed Acronis disk director 12 to create a partition on my internal hard disk (but the external hard disk wasn't connected).
last day i booted the computer from the Acronis True Image 2014 rescue disk but i didn't do any changes (the external hard disk wasn't connected).

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Errefae Posts 5 Registration date Monday December 8, 2014 Status Member Last seen December 14, 2014 1
Dec 10, 2014 at 10:06 PM
i restored the computer to a restore point made before the installation of Acronis DD 12 & everything got back to normal!
Boogieman_WD Posts 275 Registration date Friday October 10, 2014 Status Member Last seen October 19, 2016   37
Dec 11, 2014 at 04:49 AM
It's awesome that you were able to restore everything. Usually when this happens it might because of an update, software installation (like in your situation) or in the worst case scenario - a failing drive. Thankfully this is not the case this time. But still it wouldn't hurt to check the drive with a diagnostic tool once in a while, just to be on the safe side. :)
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Errefae Posts 5 Registration date Monday December 8, 2014 Status Member Last seen December 14, 2014 1
Dec 11, 2014 at 10:29 PM
yeah awesome thank you for helping me, i'm downloading the Seatools for windows now, i think this's the diagnostic tool.
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Boogieman_WD Posts 275 Registration date Friday October 10, 2014 Status Member Last seen October 19, 2016   37
Dec 9, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Hey Errefae. This is very unfortunate indeed. You could try to access the drive with Linux Live CD/USB and backup your data if you can open it. Otherwise you could take a look at some of the solutions for data recovery from this thread here: https://www.tomshardware.com/
The 3rd option is the most reliable one (and most expensive) - data recovery company.
If you are able to retrieve your data, I'd suggest that you download the manufacturer's diagnostic tool and test the drive to see what's the situation, because it is not normal for a partition to go into RAW format all on its own.

Hope that helps.
Boogieman_WD

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Errefae Posts 5 Registration date Monday December 8, 2014 Status Member Last seen December 14, 2014 1
Dec 10, 2014 at 08:05 AM
I connected the hard disk to another PC (Windows 7 32bit) and worked fine! :)
connected it again to my PC didn't appear in "My Computer"
Boogieman_WD Posts 275 Registration date Friday October 10, 2014 Status Member Last seen October 19, 2016   37
Dec 10, 2014 at 08:43 AM
I'd suggest that first you backup your important data just in case and after that go ahead and test the drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tool.
It's a bit odd that when connected to another computer the partition is OK and it shows as RAW format on yours. Would you please check that again and try to assign a new letter to the drive. Here's how to do that: https://support-en.wd.com/
See if that fixes the issue.