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I got a new computer with Windows 7 and my WD Book will not work. Can you assist? Earl

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I assume your firewire port is not set up in W7

Can you move the old FiWi card form the old to the new computer? If not replacing the external drive to USB is the better option as firewire support is difficult therefore expensive to get.



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