I am currently trying to recover videos off of a JVC camcorder that died. It had a 30gb Hitachi 1.8" HDD, so I ordered an enclosure for it and set it up. When I plug it in, it makes the windows new hardware found noise and pops up in the bottom recognizing it as a mass storage device. The light on the enclosure comes on and I can hear/feel the hard drive spinning. It is visible in device manager, but not in my computer. In disk management it shows up as "Disk 1 Unknown Not Initialized" and when I right click it and hit initialize I get an error simply stating "The device is not ready" I also tried running testdisk on it, but testdisk does not even see it. All forums I have seen thus far say the only way around this is to re format it, but I'm really hoping someone has a better answer because I really want those videos! Thanks in advance.