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Is this a plug and play drive?

I am going on vacation and ZI want to take my external hard drive...Western Digital 500GB ELEMENTS 500 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive with me. Is this a plug and play external hard drive?

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In most computers that are encountered, devices that are plugged into the USB ports are "plug & play" capable. There are numerous scenarios that can turn this function off inadvertantly such as a virus, data corruption or driver changes. In order to fix the issue and make an external device, such as a Western Digital Passport Elite hard drive "plug & play" capable, a user will have to make a few system changes. Click "Start" and "Run," then type gpedit.msc Click on "Administrative Templates," from the tree then click on the "System" folder. Double click on "Turn off Autoplay." Select the "Disabled" option and ensure it applies to all drives. Hope this helps,

Posted on Dec 12, 2012

  • Joey Simeck
    Joey Simeck Dec 12, 2012

    I have no reason to suspect it won't work. I just wanted to be sure if it is a plug and play, that I should be able to plug it into any computer and view my data on the drive w/o problem. I thank you for your quick reply

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Dec 12, 2012

    No problems thats what they are designed to do so you can transfer data from computer to computer or use on other computers

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