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My External Hard Drive

My laptop (Dell Inspiron E1405) is not reading my external 80gb Teac hard drive. My laptop makes noise when I connect the usb,like it's working, but the icon is not showing up in "My Computer." And when I unplug it, it makes noise like it's working. My operating system is Windows Vista. Please help.

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Re: My External Hard Drive

Try and find drivers for it on manufactures website. the description does not say windows vista compatable. good luck on finding solution

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