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On buying & installing your external HDD, at a point in testing it was disconnected & when stared again I keep getting drop-down saying "No drive connected" and I cannot proceed. Am using Windows XP as OS

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  • Andrew Maxey
    Andrew Maxey May 11, 2010

    What is the make and model of the drive?



    Also, where is this "drop-down" box you are referring to? Is it part of Windows, or a different piece of software?

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Check Ur connections. Is there a power light on HDD, is it on?
if no, check HDD power supply.
does the XP let U get far enough to see it at the CP system-hardware-device?
If yes, is it there?
If no, then check cable, USB port and if still nothing, take to tech and check HDD.

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