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HP Computers using XP will not show drive to which Western Digital 320GB external harddrive is connected

Cannot get HP computers (Paviliion 1010 desktop or Pavilion 5120) using Windows XP to recognize any drive into which I plugged USB (either machine) or Firewire (desktop only).

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Your usb device could be finished or your USB ports may not be strong enough/ enough power to run the device.

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