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Installation of external hard drive

I am attempting to install a stortecc external hard drive. The hard disk light just blinks and windows does not see the hard drive at all under the disk management section. I hear no hard drive activity when plugged in. All cables and power supplies are hooked up in accordance with mfgrs instructions. Jumper set to "master" as specified. Yet no results. Hard drive is a brand new 400 gb seagate. I would like to format it, but can't even get that far. Is it possible to format these things through the USB port?

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The drive should not be set as "master" if your not booting from it and only using it for storage. Master means the bootable disk that holds the operating system. You should change the setting to slave or cable select.You can format it, but chances are it is already formatted and ready to store. Good Luck, Tim

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plz check your usb port if other device read ...........then your external hard disk so error. or if ex hard install windows vista .


unplug you hard disk, then switch on without your hard disk let your xpcd in your cd rom to run after reading your cd ''saying, no hard drive found'' switch off then plug it in your installation will proceed
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