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Windows 7: USB Hard Drive no longer appears in "My Computer" Help please

16 Mar 2012   #1

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USB Hard Drive no longer appears in "My Computer" Help please

(Sorry if this has already been answered; I'm new)

Today at college I tried to continue my work by plugging in my USB hard drive and it simply wouldn't appear in "My Computer".
When I tried later on that day it would appear as a "Removable Disk" but I was unable to double click it.

The technicians at my college said that I need to format it, but when I tried to create a backup last week it was unsuccessful so it would mean losing all of my college work.
Is there a way I can at least access the hard drive to get to the contents?

Please help

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Backup files using PartedMagic may be helpful. You will want to do the reverse of that tutorial or get a second external drive to mount to backup to. Download and burn PartedMagic first.
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 USB Hard Drive no longer appears in "My Computer" Help please

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