xp not detecting my laptop harddrive

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cmdrmaxwell

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i bought a external enclosure for my laptop harddrive. when i first plugged it into my desktop that runs xp home it installed the drivers needed and all software but the computer wont recognize it in the my computer icon. i went into disk management and there it is seen but it says the drive is empty when i know ther is info on it. so i got a shop to get the info i wanted off then i started the proccess again, reinstalled the software and drivers then i formatted the drive with no problems and i went to using it on my desktop, it was even recognized in my computer. so i put all the info i wanted on it and when i was done i ejected the drive as i do to all my other removable drives. the next time i came to use it, i t will not see it in my computer, in disk management it is seen but again it is seen as empty, it gave me an option to initialize the drive, i just dont want to lose whats on the drive. so should o initilze it? or what should i do so i can use the drive and still keep my info, i dont wnat to pay again for data recovery.
 
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