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Sorry, I should have given you more information.
Yes, I did reinstall/reformat Win XP. I installed the drivers provided me by the PC maker (Dell).
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When I plug in the HD, the computer tells me a new USB element has been detected. I cannot however see it under My Computer. Using Device Manager, I used the New Hardware Wizard to find and install a driver (Initio Default Controller). I still cannot see the HD anywhere. I tried to find it in the Disk Management Section, but no luck.
On the Western Digital website, it states: 'Most WD drives do not include drivers because they use a standard driver built into the operating system. If your driver is built into your operating system or is already installed, and your OS continues to look for a driver, your drive has most likely failed or been damaged and needs to be replaced.'
I'm pretty sure that the internal hard drive is not damaged, so I'm tending to believe that it is a driver issue.
Sorry to sound so obtuse, but with my last job of 7 years I was strictly on a Mac, so I'm not as PC savvy as I once was.
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Again, any help that you can offer would be greatly appreciated.