Hi all, I have a fairly old Seagate 500GB IDE drive in an external USB caddy which I have been using without any problem now for some time. The drive has shown no sign of failure whatsoever but today for some reason it just died. The first thing I suspected was the USB caddy's pcb failure so I put another disc in and it works fine so its deffinately not the caddy. As for the disc, when it first stopped working it wasnt spinning up, however it now seems to spin up just fine. Trouble is Windows (7 Ultimate x64) isnt seeing it in either My Computer or My Computer/Manage/Disk Management or System/Device manager/Disk Drives. Its deffinately connected and deffinately spinning up. I am hearing no strange noises atm although there were a few clicks and whirs earlier. I am not too bothered about the cost of replacing the drive but I have a folder on it with all of my work invoices etc on it which I cant afford to lose. I know, back up back up but like so many just never got around to it I have downloaded a couple of data recovery apps but they are not even seeing the disk so is there anything else I could be doing apart from writing "I must always back up" 1000 times on a few sheets of A4 Thanks in advance!