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How to get my hard drive to work.

I connected the hard drive to my computer. My computer finds it and says it is working. But anytime I try to do anything with the drive it tells me I need to insert a disk. It was suggested by someone that I need to format it but it won't let me do that either. Any suggestions?

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Re: How to get my hard drive to work.

external USB Drives, sometimes lack Power to perform properly.
you can purchase a lead that splits into 2 USB cables, using the dual cable, into 2 USB ports, can sometimes remedy This.
Mike @ compurepair.

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Unplug the hard drive completely for at least 10 seconds, power off your computer in the mean while, power it on again (not a direct restart) and see if it resolves the issue.

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