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With the computer off, plug the unit in to the computer and turn it on.
Now start the computer, there is no driver to install manually, windows uses generic drivers to detect plug n play devise's.
Out of hundreds of computers, the only time I have not seen a hard drive detected was because the hard drive was bad, and the others where hacked versions of windows, called lite xp, or the chipset drivers where not loaded because someone just installed windows but nothing else.
You can look through your bios for plug n play, but its probably set to auto.
Most external HD's take a while to be detected from 10 seconds up to a few minutes.
If the driver does not install automatically, what driver are you installing that you get it to work ??????????????????????????
If the external hard disks is plugged to a USB port and is not detected anymore, try uninstalling the USB Root Hub devices in the device manager. They will automatically be reinstalled on reboot and that can help fix detection issues.
But did you look in the Disk Management module of Windows to see if the disk is there? Right-click My Computer and select Manage.
im going to assume your on XP for these instructions. other wise you still need to do the same thing.
right click the my computer desktop or the start menu. go down to properties. open the hardware tab. open the device manager. Scroll down to it, remove the driver, just delete the whole entry. unplug the hard drive, then plug it in again. See if that works.
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