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Why doesn’t Windows and even Linux not detect my secondary hard drive?

I pulled out a hard drive from a dead PC my dad found thrown away and on the label it didn’t state the size of the hard drive. So I connected it to my PC to find out but Windows didn’t detect it. I went to Administrator Tools –> Computer Management –> Storage –> Disk Management and it didn’t appear there either. I searched for drivers and that didn’t work. Not even Ubuntu detected it and I even booted Ubuntu from the live CD to use GParted but not even that detected the hard drive.

What’s the problem? Is it because the hard drive is dead or something? The hard drive runs when I connect it to my computer but doesn’t appear on Windows or Linux.
No it doesn’t make any clicking noise I can only hear it spin.
Well just because a computer is in the trash doesn’t necessarily mean it’s completely broken. My dad found a second one along with this one and it works perfectly fine and just needed the heatsink replaced and the replacement was from the one with the dead hard drive. They are both Pentium 4 with 512MB RAM which I upgraded the working one to 1 GB from the RAM modules from some other PC my dead found in the trash.