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Hooking up a

The picture shows to plug in the power cord--the USB cable-- and the fire wire cable. My Dell doesn't not have an available Fire wire connection. I have a Dsl and a router plugged in the back. DO I NEED BOTH?

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Re: Hooking up a

Your external drive has a choice of USB or firewire, so only connect with the USB cable.

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We had a fire at work and lost my power cable (I had the Drive at home that week), how can I get a new power cable?? Yvon Dubois

If you can't find a cord, you can just take the drive out of the case & install it in your desktop as a 2nd drive. That way you can get to your files. Also, they make a adapter cable to make it a USB drive, you could try that.

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My external hdd has is not detecting

Seagate is a company that manufactures external hard drives.

These hard drives can be used to house large files or even to backup an entire hard drive.

When your Seagate external hard drive is not working properly, you might ready to send it into the company for repair.

Before you send it away, you can troubleshoot the problem and potentially save yourself a lot of time and grief.

Look over the power cable going from the wall outlet to the back of the Seagate hard drive. Make sure that there aren't any breaks or tears in the electrical wiring.

If there are breaks, replace the power cord.

Look over the power cable and make sure that it is plugged into the wall outlet in your home as well as plugged into the back of the hard drive.

Plug the power cable directly into the wall outlet or into a surge protector.

Do not plug the power cable into an extension cord.

Seagate Data Cable

Disconnect all of the USB devices that are plugged into your computer's USB ports except for your mouse and your keyboard.

Disconnect the Seagate external hard drive from your computer.

Unplug the power cable from the back of the Seagate external hard drive and restart your computer.

Wait until your computer has fully booted and then plug the power cable back into the hard drive.

Look over the USB data cable to make sure that there are breaks or tears in the cable.

Look over the ends of the cable where they meet the computer and the hard drive.

Make sure the pins are straight.

Replace the cable if needed.

Plug the data cable into the back of the hard drive.

Plug the data cable into your computer.

Hope this helps.

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Need driver & software

The Driver and software are built in, Stored on the WD it's self..
all you need to do is plug it in. It is a plug and play device.

WD Passport is not supported on XP or Vista 64bit
Xp and Vista do not put enough power to the usb ports to fire up the drive.
there is a cable you can get from WD that plugs into 2 USB ports to solve this issue.

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Had my My Book for more than a year. A few days ago my Mac stopped detecting it. I have since change the usb cable, tried the fire wire and it dosen't work

if there is firewire available, try that.

Open Applications
Open Utilites
Open Disk Utility

On left side - see if there is a Western Digital hard drive, there will be two icons for the drive it is there. The drive and its host. the drive may be grayed out. If so then click the mount button and you should be fine.

if the drive doesn't show up there - then try using a pc. also as weird as it may sound. try (if it lets you) flipping the ac adapter in the wall 180 degrees. may be the case if it is not the ac adapter that came with the unit

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I have the Western Digital fire wire 500GB. Once it's plugged in it shuts off after about 7 seconds. I see a light flicker inside and it goes out too.

all external HD need power to run. is this running on AC, USB or Firewire........ if USB or Firewire is your computer compatible with the HD power needs if it is compatible

and if this is straight out the box, return it is defective........

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Trying to figure out if my acomdata 80 GB Hard Drive still works, its been along time since I"ve used it, was wondering if I got the fire wire connections right, Are you supposed to use two fire...

just one firewire cable will work.
if the unit doesn't power on you can pull the hard drive out and put it in another external hard drive case usb/firewire/sata.
if it doesn't work then the only option to recover the data is to send it to a 3rd party hard drive recovery.

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Hooking up My Book to my computer

Your MyBook has a choice of connections, either USB or firewire. You only want to connect the USB. Perhaps someday, you will want to connect to a computer with a firewire port, but without an available USB port, and your MyBook will be able to.

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