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Installed new operating system now external drive don't work

I had my hard drive replaced a year and 1/2 ago and didnt notice till I had to try to update my system that the place I had the work done changed my operating system. So I purchased a disk and reinstalled my own operating system and it is authentic but I can't get my 250gb simpledrive to work it says it's connected but no icon to access in my computer and I lost my install disk can I download what I need or do I have to try to recover files somehow please help

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It sounds obvious but jot down any manufacturer serial numbers etc, go to their website and try to get drivers from there. Hopefully a quick driver install will get you up and going.

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