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I have a GDHDU and have lost the part that you actually plug into your usb bit of the computer and then back to the external hard drive. Is there anywhere that i can get this spare part?

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If you are talking about the cord that goes from the external drive to the computer then yes. Go to your nearest computer store and ask them for a printer cable. Otherwise known as a USB A male to USB B male cable. I say printer cable because its the same as the standard printer cable. Most help their will understand right away what you mean when you ask for a printer cable.

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Okay , so there are some steps to figure out what is wrong with your external.

Firstly , if your computer makes a sound when you plug in your external , go to Start-Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Disk Management , and see if your external drive is listed here with your local drives. If it is listed , right click on the drive and change the drive letter to make it appear in "my computer".

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Remove the hard drive from the casing if possible and install it in your computer case or another external case.If the drive works , the problem is with the casing and you can ignore the drive.

Now , if the problem is with the casing , there are still 3 possibilities.

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The second component you want to test is the USB cable. If you have a printer , swop out the cables and see if your printer functions normally. Most externals use the same connector so you should be able to test it in this manner. If the cable works go on to the last step. If the cable is defective , replace it with a new one which you can find for about $10 at most electronics and chain stores.

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