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My verbatim usb160 worked the first four times I used it, but now my laptop is not reading the drive. It does work on my home computer. But if I can't transfer my data, what's the point?

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There may be several causes for that.
If you say, that the drive reads OK on a desktop computer, but not on a laptop, then the drive itself is fine.

First, try to establish, whether the drive spins up correctly when attached to a laptop. Hard drives need a considerable amount of power to spin up (the first second or so), usually slightly above the 0.5 Amp limit that USB specifications require. Desktop computers, as they have a large power supply, can output this momentary extra current without problem, whereas laptops, where power is tightly controlled (to facilitate longer opearation on battery), may have the output power more strictly limited. Try all the available USB sockets on your laptop, sometimes one of them will be able to give just enough power.

If the drive spins up correctly, and you hear the familiar "USB device attached" sound, then the next step will be to check the Disk Management if the drive is seen by the system.
Assuming you have Windows XP or Vista, go to Administrative Tools and find Disk Management (you can also right-click the My Computer icon on desktop and choose Manage).
When you click Disk Management on the left, you will see on the right side the drives and volumes found on the computer. If you see, apart from your first hard disk (the one that contains the C: drive volume), another disk of the size similar to the size of your USB drive, we're good. You can right click the volume on this drive and choose "Assign drive letter", choosing a letter near the end of the alphabet, like "V" for Verbatim for example. Confirm the operation, and go to My Computer to see if the drive appeared as a V: drive.
Good luck, and don't forget to come back with a testimonial if helped :)

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