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Reformatted drive and now it won't work on second computer!

Basically as the subject says,
I reformatted the drive so it would work better with Windows, and it works fine on my laptop but when I plugged it into my old computer to back everything up, it says USB device not recognised!
What can I do to make it work again?! Thanks

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    I am having the same problem on both my laptop and regular work station.

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Go to my computer>properties>device manager and scan for new hardware changes after connecting the device to your system...

if the device doesnt show up..try to install the usb driver of the particular make..

thankyou

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