Why is my external hard drive not recognised in Windows 7?

21 Oct 2012
Windows 7
Chrome 22
21 Oct 2012 | Windows 7 | Chrome 22

I have a Seagate drive that I have been using to backup my photos and music. I’ve used it for years in Windows XP, Windows Vista and now Windows 7. Up until this week it worked fine. Once a week I’d plug it in and back everything up.

Now it isn’t being seen as a drive by Windows, it just turns up as a USB device, has no assigned drive letter and cannot be accessed via Windows Explorer. I suppose the drive itself might be kaput, but it seems odd that the system recognises it being plugged in and unplugged if this is the case. Any thoughts?

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