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Windows Vista not showing external drive

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While the drive MAY be toast, it may also just be a case of a corrupted MBR due to a viral infection. The cheapest way to confirm this is with a program called TestDisk.

You can get it (and the sources) from: http://www.cgsecurity .org/wiki/TestDisk (remove the extraneous space before .org in the URL).

This program is included in most of the recovery CDs (Hiren's, UBCD, UBCD4Win, Knoppix, etc.) and is very powerful and flexible, IFF you're comfortable using the command prompt and you're knowledgeable about disk structures.

Read the docs before you start. If you're not comfortable with this approach and your data is important to you, get local professional help.