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My laptop doesn't detect the external hard drive

I recently purchased a 320GB freeagent go. When I plug it into a USB port on my laptop (HPpavillion dv 1000), it is not detected by the computer. The drive just sits and blinks (the light fades up and down). I tried plugging it into a newer laptop (Lenovo T61 with Windows Vista) and I had the same problem. Is this a power issue?

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  • Anonymous Apr 23, 2009

    Exactly the same problem.

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Hi there
hey if you are not getting it to recognizing the drive on system startup use your set up disk if you have it if not go to device manager and scan for hardware change and see if it can be found there if not try going into the bios and ensure that the usb ports are enabled and that the plug and play is enabled also you also need to ensure that the device is compatable with your pc i would check with the manufacture of the computer best regards mike

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  • killer917 Dec 25, 2010

    my freeagent 750GB did work untill i formated it, now my laptop wont detect it. can some one help please. a orange light just fades slowley ...

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