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My external hard drive that I bought overseas isn't being recognized by my computer.

The light comes on and the computer makes the noise that a device is attached; however, it doesn't show up in my computer. I cannot download an updated driver from the manufacturer because it says the serial number on the back is invalid. Some of the writing is in Korean, so I'm not exactly sure what it says. It has all of my travel pictures on it, so I need to know how to access it, or how to back up the data so I can format it for my computer.

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Assuming the drive is not defective, try connecting it to a linux computer. Could be a flie system incompatibility issue.

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MY KINGSTON DATA TRAVELER SAY WRITE PROTECTED HOW CAN I FORMAT IT CAUSE WHEN I FORMAT IT DIRECTLY IT SAY DEVICE IS WRITE PROTECTED BUT MY USB DEVICE DOES NOT HAVE THAT KIND OF SPECIFICATION TO HAVE A WRITE PROTECT DISK.
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SOURCE: Remove the write protection on 2GB USB Kingston Data Traveler 100

Found this on Kingston site, doesn't help much but may point you in the right direction.

Unfortunately this unit does not have any security or write protection feature. If you receive a write protection message with this drive, check for the following:

  1. Verify that you are allowed to write to removable storage devices. There may be a security setting in the OS that disables write access to removable storage devices.
  2. Make sure you have not enabled write protection on the drive by using a third party software.
  3. If none of the above apply, the drive may be defective.

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