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MY PASSPORT ESSENTIAL WD1600ME-00 is not recognized by plug-and-play in either of my HP Desktop Windows computers (One with XP, one with VISTA). Power light comes on when attached to any USB port. Device Manager does not find it, indicates that all USB Ports are performing correctly. Removing it and reconnecting, restarting do not change behaviour. What do I do?

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You run MS Windows Update to download and install the latest OS updates. Your WD external HDD should be detected after OS update.

For non updates system, try to connect WD to the USB Port where it worked before. If you have 4 USB ports for instance, try to connect it to these ports one try at a time. Windows XP might have assigned one USB port for your device before when it was working just fine.

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