Laptop HDD suddenly stopped being recognized in the External case.

Recently My laptop fell and I thouight my HDD was destroyed. I took out the HDD and plugged it into an external case(Hornetter). I was shocked to see all my data files were on there and working, I could view everything, like a giant USB. Today I plug it in, it makes the little noise signaling it's been recognized but no window pops up. It doesn't show up in my computer and when I unplug it, a window pops up and says I need to format the disk. A lot of stuff on this HDD i cannot just redownload or get back, can someone please help?

-David

P.S. I went to device manager and I saw no flags or exclamation marks or anything out of the ordinary.
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  1. Turn off the PC, unplug the drive from the PC, and the power cord from the external drive, wait 2-5 minutes.

    Now turn on the PC and go to the desktop, plug in the drives power cord, then USB cable.

    Let me know if that works.
  2. THanks for speedy response, but no dice, its still doing the same thing
  3. Tec101 said:
    THanks for speedy response, but no dice, its still doing the same thing


    Check disk management and let me know if it's not there either.
  4. edogawa said:
    Tec101 said:
    THanks for speedy response, but no dice, its still doing the same thing


    Check disk management and let me know if it's not there either.


    when it wasn't plugged in disk management loaded no problem, plug it in and now its taking forever to load anything up, I see nothing so far.
  5. edogawa said:
    Tec101 said:
    THanks for speedy response, but no dice, its still doing the same thing


    Check disk management and let me know if it's not there either.


    Ok its up and its there but the file system says RAW
  6. Try using this on it: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

    You will need to recover the files, then format the drive.
  7. edogawa said:
    Try using this on it: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

    You will need to recover the files, then format the drive.


    Using this thing will allow me to take the data from the HDD and save it on a different computer before I format?
  8. Tec101 said:
    edogawa said:
    Try using this on it: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

    You will need to recover the files, then format the drive.


    Using this thing will allow me to take the data from the HDD and save it on a different computer before I format?


    Yea it should, I think this is what I believe this is what I used before.
  9. edogawa said:
    Tec101 said:
    edogawa said:
    Try using this on it: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

    You will need to recover the files, then format the drive.


    Using this thing will allow me to take the data from the HDD and save it on a different computer before I format?


    Yea it should, I think this is what I believe this is what I used before.


    not exactly sure how to use it, when i run what i think the program is a DOS window pops up, i find the harddrive and click enter then it freezes... or loads for ever
  10. Tec101 said:
    edogawa said:
    Tec101 said:
    edogawa said:
    Try using this on it: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

    You will need to recover the files, then format the drive.


    Using this thing will allow me to take the data from the HDD and save it on a different computer before I format?


    Yea it should, I think this is what I believe this is what I used before.


    not exactly sure how to use it, when i run what i think the program is a DOS window pops up, i find the harddrive and click enter then it freezes... or loads for ever


    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step
  11. edogawa said:
    Tec101 said:
    edogawa said:
    Tec101 said:
    edogawa said:
    Try using this on it: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

    You will need to recover the files, then format the drive.


    Using this thing will allow me to take the data from the HDD and save it on a different computer before I format?


    Yea it should, I think this is what I believe this is what I used before.


    not exactly sure how to use it, when i run what i think the program is a DOS window pops up, i find the harddrive and click enter then it freezes... or loads for ever


    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step


    I still don't see how to use this to recover my files and/or save them to this computer
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