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I bought a portable HD but it wont recognised the device to my laptop notebook

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    Lou Labetti May 11, 2010

    Did your laptop do anything when you pluged it in?

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First of all right click on My Computer and click Properties to check the Windows version. If it says "Service Pack 1", then you need to download an update to Sp2.

This is the most common problem I have seen when USB / Pen drives are not recognized in Windows XP.

HTH
Deboo

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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