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

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Re: Installing External Hard Drive

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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