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Computer does not know external hd is there

When I first got my external hd I was able to add stuff to it now it is not working anymore. My computer does not recognize the hd anymore. I have changed the USB cord and it still is not working. what do I need to do?

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Re: Computer does not know external hd is there

How is this drive powered? If it is through the USB, then disconnect all other devices so connected[except for mouse keyboard] You may be make to much demand of the PSU. If it is separately powered then do this Start/Control panel/Ad min Tools/computer management/Storage/disk management to see if the system recognises it. Device manager to checkout the status of the USB. Check also the Bios to ensure the USB devices are on.[only if no other USB devices are running

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