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Windows Vista not showing external drive

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Peconet Tietokoneet's answer above is correct, however I have experienced that sometimes you will not be able to do so, Windows will ask you to format the hard disk before it can be used.

Should this happen, you have two options:
1. Get a file recovery program such as File Scavenger ($49) this can find files on most damaged disks.http://www.quetek.com/download.htm
2. Go ahead and format it, then use www.piriform.com's "Recuva" file un-eraser to get them back.
I have done it both ways, 80% effective.