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Installing External Hard Drive

Would like to give my old computer to my sick Brother, And would like to remove all my photos, files, etc. Purchased a WD My Book Essential Edition and I have tried to install it onto a Compaq 7478 model and it is not working.
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    how can i receive the soft ware to install my external hard drive

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My External Hard Disc isn't recognable on my PC. Than I'd rather download a program for its working.

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Are you sure that you have connected it to the USB 2.0 interface? In some systems, there are older versions of USB interfaces (having smaller data transfer rate-inappropriate for external HDD's) are also present.

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