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External hard disk installation

Hi
i have a HP laptop using windows vista
i am trying to connect a external hard disk (manufacturer : Advance or Adiance ?)
when i connect the USB cable, nothing appears in the hard drives list nor pops up
i cannot either find the hard disk when i do "install new device"

can anybody help me ? when i plug the usb cord in i hear a indacation sound that its conected but nothing else happens adn i can not find the device no where

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  • kribz Nov 09, 2008

    i have th same problem..but this time my windows pro xp is nt detecting my HD. i can hear sound once plugging in the cord into my Usb port..but nithing appears at the my computer..seeki ng for help..thanks

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    device manager finds it but i cannot see the drive

  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009

    I have the same problem as well, can anyone advise?

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HI,


does your hard disk require also a USB power cord? maybe it was not included in the original package but you need it.

Riccardo

Posted on Aug 03, 2008

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