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WESTERN DIGITAL6400 AAV external storeage device is recognized at "systems" but not on "my computer" therefore I have no access

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Sounds like your drive needs to be formatted, click the start icon in your taskbar then right click "computer" and select "manage" this will open the "computer managment" window from the list select "disk managment" and your drive should be visible in the lower list on the right. Right click and select format from the list. Hope this helps

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