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Retrieving data off an external hard drive

We have a buffalo hd-hb250u2-wr external hard drive that was set up with a computer running XP. Old computer died. New computer has Vista. Can we hook up this hard drive, download new drivers and retrieve the data off of it?

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You can and there is no need to install drivers, except the drive has any special features.

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