I have a Laptop with XP that I've had for 3 years. I've had this 250GB maxtor external HD for at least a year. I have my laptop hooked up to a docking station. Anyways, I took my laptop with me to visit my parents over christmas. I got back and hooked it back up to the docking station like I've done numerous times. While the comp was booting up, I turned the external HD on (already connected via USB). When windows loaded, it popped up a message saying "new usb hardware found" (as if I was using the HD for the first time). I clicked next in the popup to "search for drivers", it didn't find any, and the window closed. I rebooted the computer and now when I turn the HD on, it just simply never shows up in "my computer" like its supposed to (and no "new hardware" window). What's going on and how can I get my computer to recognize the stupid thing? I really wanna make sure I don't lose any of the files on it, etc. Thanks in advance.