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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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    my toshiba mobile hard disk model k-2518a was detected in my computer and shows insert disk into drive and i am not able to do anything even partition also

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external USB Drives, sometimes lack Power to perform properly.
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