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We moved the computer and now the plug and play feature does not work for this external drive. My Windows XP cannot find the driver and it is not available on the company website. Please HELP!

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You should not have to install and extra drivers for this device as Windows XP should find this device when you plug it in to the USB port. Try plugging it in to another USB port on your computer. Plug another device in to the USB and see if it works.
When you say the plug and play feature does not work, do you mean that Wndows does not see the device or the backup program is not working?

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