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I have a new pc and the simple tech external hard drive will not show up even though the red and blue lights come on.

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Click start > right click on computer(or my computer) and click manage click on disk management and see if the 160gb drive is shown, if it is right click on it and click mark partition as active , if windows does not find a new disk then right click on the drive again and click change drive letter and paths. Choose a drive letter and click ok and your drive should now appear in windows. If it isnt showing in disk management then check that the drive is not beeping ,if it is then it is receiving insufficient power from the usb port try removing other usb devices to see if it will function correctly, once you remove the other usb devices you will need to unplug and reinsert the usb lead of the hard drive

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