I have a external Wester Digital drive plugged in to my PC via USB 2.0. Earlier today i did a clean OS install on my machine. Before the clean install, I was using the same windows 7 installation and the disc was accessible. Its listed in this picture as disk 6. Its marked as active. I tried changing the drive letter/path but i receive an error message. I receive the same error message if i try to reformat the drive. The error message tells me that a change cant be made because Disk Management is not refreshed. If i refresh disk management the status of the drive doesn't change. I have restarted Disk Management, restarted my PC and plugged the external into a few USB drives hoping for a different result. The trick is, i need to recover the data on the drive. Any help that could be provided would be greatly appreciated.