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PC Does not recognize HDD

When I plug the hard drive into the USB port, a balloon pops up and says the hardware is operational, but after a few moments, it another balloon opens and says the USB driver for the hardware cannot be found. I do not have a driver for XP and one did not come with the hard drive. I am trying to move documents over for a new system.

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There is a complict device driver in the device manager. .. configure device manager and remove an auknown device driver especially the usb device and restart the computer

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