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I have a WD USB My Passport drive 320 GB which was working fine until yesterday.When I plug in the drive it gets detected as normal but does not get the drive letter.It does not show in "My Computer",but is there in "Device manager".Also it does not appear in "Disk Management".
I have tried some data recovery softwares but they say that the drive sectors are locked or inaccesible.Is there any way I can make the drive usable?  
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Have you done a Rescan Disks in Disk Management?

Does the disk make any unusual sounds like clicking?
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We can give a try following
-> Try Different USB Port of system.
->  Change USB cable and try.
-> To confirm its not DRIVE problem...try on different PC.
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try it in other computer ... if the same result .. thats mean ou need to give back for warranty
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Yes I have done rescan disk many times.

It does not make any un usual sounds
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I have tried it on many other computers.Changed the cable.
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Tried that WD website and their software,but of no use.
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Some time its WD circuit board issue and hard drive is in good condition ..I would recommend to to use or purchase non branded USB enclosure to over come this problem.

Note : Avoid using USB Thumb or external drives on Desktop Front end USB ports.
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Did you try system restore?
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external USB eclosure in not an option because the hard has an embedded usb port which connects to the cable
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-> Do you feel spin of drive ? If Yes, mean drive is ok.
If its circuit issue not much we can do.

We can only try different options....
-> Try cable with 2 USB connectors on the system end (one for power and one for data transfer)
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You may be able to remove the case and plug the sata drive directly into a sata dock. They work great.

It looks impossible to open, but I justy searched on youtube and the net and apparently it is not bad. There are many videos on youtube showing exactly how to do it.

It very well may be that the usb interface is dead. If that is the case, then the dock will work.
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just a thought,

try in windows safe mode. Again check in disk management if it appears. by any chance if does and not in windows explorer (my computer) try changing the drive letter in disk management.

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Taha
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The problem is beyond assigning drive letters,rescanning disk,trying other USB ports or computers.I think I will need to update the firmware of the disk which I am unfortunately unable to do as the firmware updatet  program (from WD website) ends up in unexpected error
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I feel without firmware update the basic access to drive is minimum expectation and requirement, I doubt without drive access firmware update is possiable or will make any difference.

 Myself using WD too and face similar issue of "no access to drive"  I manage to disintegrate the cover and remove the drive and use in different USB sata or USB IDE enclosure (as per requirement).

Hope the version of drive (WD) you are using disintegrate and can be use on different USB enclosure.

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Sorry to say that my problem is still unsolved.I have sent the drive for warranty and will be deleting this question.
Thank you for all who tried to help me out
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