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My computer cannot detect my external hard disk... when i insert my usb cable to connect to my pc my hd does blink..but when i open the explorer there is no sign of my hd is detect..

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Hi..

Is it a new harddrive in a external case..if so i have the same prblems and i have to remove the harddrive and insert it into my computer and format it 1st...then place it back into my external case...
If you have used it before,then the best thing to do is try it on an other computer,if that doesn,t recognize then try a different usb cable,if still no go...then the harddrive might be either virused up...then you will have to put it in your computer to virus scan.or your harddrive may be faulty...
Or the last thing...if it is a new external google your motherboard because if it is a old computer your trying to use it on..it may not regonize the harddrive if the capacity is to large..

Hope this helps..if so please take the time to rate it,and if i can be anymore help.

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