I have an approx 5 year old Western Digital Scorpio 80GB hard drive (model WD800VE-75HDT1) that came in a laptop that I no longer have. One day the drive stopped working. I took it out of the lappy and slapped it into a USB enclosure. When I connect it to a computer via USB for the first time The USB "Du-dum" sounds and the "installing drivers" box comes up. In the box it recognizes the drive by its full model number above but after a few minutes it says driver install "Failed". I open device manager and it is listed under "disk drives" by its complete model number and under properties it says "This device is working properly." However under "volumes" tab it is empty and when I click populate a box pops up with a red x saying "volume information for this disk cannot be found". In the computer management console under Disk Management it does not list the drive at all, neither as formatted, unformatted nor unallocated...nothing at all except my other drives which are working fine. The drive seems to be spinning up fine with no weird clicks or clacks or thunks or any odd noises so it doesn't seem to be physically damaged. Any thoughts? Thanks.
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As in physical damage. The only way you will get your data off that is via professional data recovery and that's expensive!
It's most likely that the drives electronics are damaged!
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