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Computer won't recognize drive is plugged in

I plugged the usb cable from the hard drive into my laptop to see if i could save the files on it instead of having it connected to the desktop computer. so when i plugged it back into the desktop computer it won't read the hard drive. help!!

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  • jaestewart Feb 28, 2008

    I am using windows xp

  • jaestewart Feb 28, 2008

    i have windows xp on the desktop and my laptop is actually a mac...

  • Alexander Kogl May 11, 2010

    jae,

    What operating system are you using?

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That's the problem right there. Your external hard drive is formatted for Windows, so you won't be able to access files off your Mac laptop.

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if you can see your usb but its not working
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I've had this problem before.

I tried a different cord and it started working again. Additionally i've had this work for me (see below)

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If it still won't recognize get all the latest windows update and reboot. If that doesn't solve your issue try your external hard drive on some other computers, check to see if drive needs special drivers installed (which most don't).

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The most likely cause would be not enough power provided by a single USB port on your computer. Unplug the portable drive from the cable and unplug the cable from the computer. Now, plug the cable into 2 USB ports directly on your computer. (If you have a desktop, you should plug the USB cable directly into the USB ports on the back of the computer. If this is a laptop, you should plug directly into a USB ports on the computer. Do not plug into a USB hub or docking station). Then plug the drive into the cable. In a few seconds you should see the drive listed in the "My Computer" window as a SimpleDrivePS."

If all that fails you need to RMA (Return to Manufacturer) your external hard drive. Most hard drives have a pretty decent warranty on them. Your simpletech 250GB has a 3 year warranty on it. Info on the warranty can be found at http://www.simpletech.com/support/warranty/. If you want to RMA it, click the "Technical Support / RMA Request" on the left hand side of that page.

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If you are having issues accessing the drive i've encountered that situation before

I tried a different cord and it started working again. Additionally i've had this work for me (see below)

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