500GB Hard-Drive not reconized by Windows

  • michaelcp23
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ok... i recently bought a 500GB external hard-Drive (Maxtor) for not a bad price $120, but no apparent reason my laptop (xp) and my desktop (vista) both seem not to recognize the hard drive when i plug it into the usb. I checked the disk manager and it doesnt even seem to recognize it there either... so im in a bit of a rut...

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Is USB enabled in the BIOS and in Windows?
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to enable usb in bios would the drive had to be plugged in... becuase when i plug it in during start up... the computer doesnt fully start until the drive is disconnected.
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No, nothing has to be connected to the PC when changing settings in the BIOS, except the monitor and keyboard, of course.
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You might have to format it.

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