I have an generic external hard drive. It's plug and play, and gets its power from the pc/laptop.
When I plug it into the/any computer, windows does not detect it at all. It doesn't appear in My Computer as a drive. It doesn't appear in Device Manager or the Disk Management utility either.
The power light comes on and i can hear the disk spinning.
Any ideas what the problem could be? And, as is likely, it is just broken... is there any way to retrieve the data on it when the drive is not even recognised by the computer??