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Western Digital External Hard Drive SN WCAMR4295471

I got a Western Digital External hard drive for Christmas (Serial Number above) and my computer keeps telling me to connect my device. It is connected in the USB port and plugged into the electrical outlet. What's wrong. I'm running on Windows 2000 XP.

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Re: Western Digital External Hard Drive SN WCAMR4295471

If you are using a pre-Windows xp system you may need to install specific drivers for your HD. If you run xp or Vista Try disconnecting completely the power cable from your computer for five minutes and then plug it back to the power and restart it. I know it sounds weird, but sometimes usb mass storage devices suffer troubles caused by electrostatic charges.

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You've tried connecting to different computers; so, the problem is _not_ your computer.

What's left is "inside" the case:
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Connect it to another computer -- if it still fails to work, it really is "dead".

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