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I can't figure out how to use my wd my book 640gb on my laptop

My laptop reconizes the drive but where do i go from there?

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Well, if the laptop recognizes it, you will need to format it frist before using it.  The supplied software disk that you got with the drive should have all the tools you need.  After that, just go to "My Computer" and the hard drive should be listed.  You can transfer or save files to it from there.

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