WD Passport Portable Drive Cannot find the sector requested

I have a WD Passport Portable 80GB that I am trying to connect to windows vista.  I installs properly and shows as working properly in device manager, but when I go to disk management it shows as not initialized.  When I go to initialize the disk I get the following:

The drive cannot find the sector requested.

How can I fix this?  Is my data gone?
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ohmErnieAsked:
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CallandorCommented:
Have you tried it on another machine?  What did you use to write to it before?
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ohmErnieAuthor Commented:
I have tried it on XP and it only shows in device manager, not disk management or my computer.  I originally used vista to write to it and then when i went to plug it back in later I got errors.
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CallandorCommented:
When you finished writing to it, did you use the "safely remove hardware" feature before unplugging it?  If you didn't, you may have corrupted the drive.
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ohmErnieAuthor Commented:
nope
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CallandorCommented:
Then you probably have a corrupted drive.  You can try GetDataBack (www.runtime.org) to check if it can recover your data.  In the future, make sure you use the feature, or this is going to happen again.
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ohmErnieAuthor Commented:
I tried GetDataBack, but it does not even recognize the USB drive.
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CallandorCommented:
If it's critical data, you'll have to pay a data recovery company like Gillware or OnTrack to get at it; otherwise, you could try removing the drive from the enclosure and attaching it directly to a desktop (instead of USB).  GetDataBack has a much better chance when there is no intervening electronics between the drive and the desktop's controller.
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ohmErnieAuthor Commented:
The GetbackData program was not able to recogine it either.  its a lost cause.
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