Hmm ok so I found a friend’s computer and was going to use it to runs windows defrag and checkdisk programs. Windows doesn’t recognize the hard drive…doesnt show up at all in either My Computer or Disk Management.
I brought it back to Linux to see if Opensuse would recognize it, no luck. Doesnt appear under my File Manager.
Is it OK to use the same external HD, formatted for windows, back and forth between a Windows and Linux system?
I have a feeling Im completely screwed…but if anybody has any ideas let me hear them.
Shouldn’t be an issue to move disks around like that. If the disk is working, it should be detected. If the partition is readable by the OS, the OS might even mount it. Sounds like your disk is dead. Have a look at the output of dmesg to see if the disk was detected at all. Were you using the same housing? Could also be that.