Just before Christmas I shut down my pc down in the proper manner and when i returned home I booted up my pc and I could not access my WD My Book External drive. I searched the internet and found a guy on you tube say to get a new card the power and usb cables are pluged to. Ok so I get this card install it and NOPE I still can't. I go to disk manager and I see the drive but it says unallocated...ACK!!!!! my photos from camera and phones are in there. my family info... how do I get this back....is there and easy way??? Can't I just asign it a dive leter??? I thought this was a good way to archive my files since like the drive on my computer I put thing on and then remove and so that could wear it out...this drive I pretty much just save everything there and leave it. EXTRA QUESTION...If external drive is not reliable what should I use??? I used to do cd and then DVD as more room but had a dvd malfuntion so I went to the external. So maybe I should go back to the cd but then also save to external...X X fingers crossed someone can help me get my files back.