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    I was doing a long format on a USB disk connected to my Win7 laptop. During the format the disk was disconnected from the computer.

    Now it does not show up when connected to the laptop or to another Win7 machine I have. I've looked for it in My Computer and from the disk admin window in the control panel.

    What, if anything, can I do to get this disk going again?

    Thanks.

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    Try this first...
    Unplug the USB HDD from your computer and shut the power to the drive off for a few minutes.
    Boot your os and re-attach the USB HDD. Hopefully it will be recognized, at least in bios, and at best
    in the Windows 7 disk management, were you can get the formatting going again.
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    Thanks for the advice but it did not work. Still does not show-up in Windows. I stopped the reboot to take a look at the BIOS and it wasn't showing anywhere there. Any other ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Palermini View Post
    Thanks for the advice but it did not work. Still does not show-up in Windows. I stopped the reboot to take a look at the BIOS and it wasn't showing anywhere there. Any other ideas?
    Bob,
    Hello, Just a few thoughts In Vista "Disk Management", when looking at the hard drives on my OS if i don't scroll down it will look like some drives a missing(at first glance) even if the drive is not recognized( no drive letter etc) it should still show up . Maybe the drive was "toasted" when it was unplugged while in use. Also you could try this http://www.partition-tool.com/ EASEUS partition manager (free whatever) To use another "manager" just to check.EASUS has the ability to create a "boot disk" that you could "burn" then connect the "bad drive " in place of your main, and boot from the disk. Do you have a "Imaging Program" installed? Just some ideas.... Regards Fred
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    Have you run "Disk Management" - right click on Computer, select Manage and expand Storage.

    cheers, Paul

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    I personally use Partition Wizard also a free partitioning 3rd party app. If one of the partitioning apps do not see the USB drive when you plug it back in, this does not bode well. You may have toasted the drive when accidentally unplugging it during the format. A check with the drives manufacturer may be in order to see if their tech support people might be able to help.
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    Thanks guys. No luck. I think it got fried. Note to self, don't unplug during formatting

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