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Hi drancan, and welcoem to TSF. If you unplugged the computer wit it running it is highly possible the HDD is gone forever. What are the specs of your computer? If it's a store bought name and model, if a built we need motherboard, RAM, processor, Power supply name/model, and wattage. In the mean time if you know your hard drive manufacturer you can go to their website and download their diagnostic tools onto a CD or flash drive.

BTW, I have had this happen to me too with an external HDD and had the same results.
 

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Is this a laptop or a desktop computer? If it is a desktop computer, if you take the left side off of the cover you look inside you will find your HDD, no longer lost. Now, Boot into the Setup (Bios) is your HDD being recognized there? If so, it is not "gone forever" Next can you boot into Safe Mode? (tap F8 at bootup) If not, can you boot off of your XP CD and get to the Recovery Console and type chkdsk /R The check disk utility will scan your HDD and try and fix any errors.
 
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