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Western Digital Hard Drive not detected by my computer

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  • csabedin Jan 11, 2009

    It used to work, but it doesn't any more, i don't think it has any thing to do with sata drivers



    The computer OS is windows vista home

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More information may be needed, however...

I'm guessing you have a SATA Western Digital Hard Drive. You will have to install the SATA drivers before it will recognize it.

If that's not the issue, please let me know what kind of hard drive you have and what computer you are installing it into.

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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