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I have the 500GB, premium edition dual interface external hard drive with back up software. I put it on my computer and I have scheduled back up automatically. I got a new computer. How do I put the WD backup and icon on my new computer. I don't remember getting a CD. I think that it downloaded automatically and when I connect the hard drive to my new computer, nothing happens. Thanks Marlene Quackenbush mquackenbush@cogeco.ca

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Does the drive work when you plug it into a different computer? If it doesn't work with any computer you try, it may just be a bad drive.

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Hi,

It is possible that your hard drive is a SATA and therefore not readily readable by 98, XP but surprised not even by Vista. In any case, since you would still prefer to run XP (due to other software compatibility issues), pls press F6 when prompted by the XP installer. Additionally, you would need to have ready in a floppy the appropriate SATA drivers for your motherboard. They maybe downloaded from the motherboard manufacturer's website or possibly in the installer/driver CD that came with the PC.

Other than the above, it is also possible that you may have some issues with the availability of XP drivers for the other devices for that computer specially if it is branded.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

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Why not use the Vista disc to format the drive. At the bottom of the Install screen after the License Agreement you should see Drive Options (Advanced) where you can select the partition. You may have to create the partition using the New option, but formatting is automatic with the Vista install. If you are not able to do this something may not be correct with the drive setup - either jumpers or BIOS settings.

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ur vista version has a problem with usb portable devices so either u have to upgrade ur vista to the latest on or install windows 7 or down grade ur laptop and install windows xp

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Hi Paul
Just a guess. Your description says CD-RW which would suggest that it will not record to DVD. In fact a quick check of the spec for CW-8124 says it is a CD recorder/rewriter and DVD-Rom (i.e. player).
Apple did this for quite a long time, you only got the DVD recorder (Superdrive in Apple talk) in the more expensive models or in the build-to-order models.
Now you get DVD recording in all the models.
Easiest option is to buy an external recorder. (You could if you felt the urge, open the mini up and fit a new drive.)

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Here are the things you need to be looking at.
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  4. Manufacturer
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You should ask yourself what is your priority...Mobility or Space/Cost

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Size is one of the main concerns when buying a new hard drive. Think about a size you would think you need in the next 6 months and double it. This will ensure that you don't (like me) buy a drive which you think you will never fill up , and fill it within a few months and have to buy another one.

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It is important to bring into consideration the manufacturer of the drive. Don't buy a drive with a unknown brand name as this will probably come back to haunt you somewhere in the future. I prefer to use Seagate and Western Digital drives as I have never had a problem with them and they carry a good warranty. There are other good drives , but I'd rather stick to what works for me. Ask around to determine what brand you should get and do google searches if you are still unsure of a particular brand.

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Here are some of the most popular hard drive manufacturer's websites so you can explore what products they offer.

Western Digital
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Maxtor (now incorporated into Seagate)
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I don't know how to access my Western Digital Backup. I have no icon to click.


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If you have a WD Media Center, Dual-option Combo, or Dual-option USB external hard drive, you can use the Retrospect Express software that comes with the drive to create a backup schedule that will backup your data onto the drive.

To setup an automatic duplicate schedule in Retrospect Express 6.5 on a PC, please follow the instructions below.
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