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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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