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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..


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