WD MyBook Essential 250gb can't "see" it in Windows Explorer -Disk Management, says "unallocated"

I have an external hd WD MyBook Essential 250gb and although I can still see the drive under Disk Management, it still says "unallocated" on my desktop computer. I am unable to do anything with it because the system still can't "see" it in Windows Explorer.  I run the WD disgnostics and it says Smart Status Fail?  Any ideas?  Thanks
corebeAsked:
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nobusCommented:
run the extended test on the drive, if possible
you can also try to connect it directly to the ide, or sata ports
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corebeAuthor Commented:
My main computer is a Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop so I can't connect it to ide...it is USB 2.0 connected.  I can run the extended tests, what might that do?
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r-kCommented:
The extended tests may give you a hint about what exactly is failing in that drive.

It does seem that the SMART test failure is the reason your laptop won't talk to that drive. If you're mainly interested in copying some important files off that disk, I would sugest trying that disk in another system, sometimes that works enough to get your data off.
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corebeAuthor Commented:
By trying in another system, do you mean simply plugging it into the usb port of another computer?  Also, yes, I have 200gb of lost data if I cannot access but even if I can, where do you put 200gb of data?  I really want to fix the drive?  Thanks
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r-kCommented:
"do you mean simply plugging it into the usb port of another computer?"

That is what I'd try first, though looking over your earlier posts I notice that you have both a laptop and a desktop. Is the problem the same on both?

If you run the extended diagnostics from WD and they indicate a drive failure, your best bet would be to get another drive of similar or larger size and copy what you can to that one.

If you're lucky the WD disk may still be under warranty. If you have to buy a new one I'd steer clear of WD and get Seagate instead.
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corebeAuthor Commented:
I only have a laptop at this time so my options are limited.  I believe this drive is still under warranty and I will have to get another WD, but I will keep in mind your recommendation for future reference.  I am running the extended diagnostics right now, so we will see.  I do have access to another laptop and I can try plugging it in to that one.  What I do not understand is if I can access the drive through plugging into another laptop's usb port, why can't it be fixed on this one?  Would system restore have any use?  Thanks
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nobusCommented:
>>  Would system restore have any use?  Thanks   <<  this is the case when your OS  causes it, so if it runs on another PC fine, it is a good thing to try
 
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ComplyCommented:
The drive needs to be setup "Basic" since its a laptop Dynamic can not be used.

Open Disk managment and make sure its set as "Basic"
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corebeAuthor Commented:
For what it is worth, it is set up as basic.  I was able to recover this lost drive through Acronis Disk Management tools.  Thanks for all suggestions,
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