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WD external HD doesn't show on vista in my computer or drive mana

Hi I have a wd external HD on a vista pc that worked initially,and i stored some files on it. I didn't use it for a while and now i plug it in and it detects new hardware but can't find drivers to install. doesn't show on my computer or drive management. i took it to best buy and they plugged it into theirs and it worked.Not sure what to do. thanks

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You could have a virus on your computer. Do a virus scan by going to nortan's website. There is no way around the virus, the only way is to format the drive, and reload windows.

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