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You will need to go to the USB enclosure's/adapters Manufacturer's support site to see if Vista drivers exist for it. Microsoft won't help, as they have left it up to the hardware manufacturers to produce Vista compatible drivers.

Had you posted the manufacturer and model of the enclosure, we could have possibly provided you with a link to the driver you need, so let us know what you have?

Good luck.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008

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