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How to retrieve files from a drive needed to be re-formatted?

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Above is the drive from which I try to recover the files. I've got it back and tried again.
Today when I first plugged into my Windows 7 system. It was not even detected. Likewise when I tried with the Recuva Free I've just downloaded and installed.

So I switched over to Ubuntu which was installed on the same laptop. The disk utility detected it. It didn't seem to give me an option to mount it. I plugged in another working 4GB USB drive so that I could compare the information. I didn't remember where I could access the Windows partition or the peripheral drive from the Linux file manager though.

Now I switched back to Windows 7. The portable drive was then detected but reported as healthy and raw. I tried the Recuva Free again and it said not formatted.