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External Hard Drive isn't recognized on new Vista Computer

\015 My external Western Digital Hard Drive worked fine 3 days ago on my XP system (now crashed). It isn't even RECOGNIZED on my new Dell Vista machine! \015\012\015\012Can anyone help?\015

Answers :

Here are several possibilities
\011Bad Cable - Well it is probably unlikely, but I would first try another USB cable just to make sure the cable is not damaged.
2.\011Power Supply - Try another power supply if you have or can borrow one
3.\011Controller Failed – The Controller inside it has failed.
\0114.Drive Failure – The Hard Disk inside has failed.\015\012Drives typically have an average 5 year lifespan, some last longer and\015\012some can fail much sooner. Unfortunately, you rarely have any warning,\015\012thus the need for backups.

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