Why is my Gateway laptop with Windows Vista not recognizing external hard drives?

ryan_bigl October 6, 2011
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I’ve had my laptop for over 3 years and it’s been in great condition. I’ve had my WD 500GB external hard drive for even longer and it’s been working alright as well (even though at one point in time it didn’t start up, it started the next day). I’ve had a 2TB IOmega external for only a few months. My Gateway isn’t recognizing any of them.

I moved the USBs from the hub directly into the computer. I’ve moved them from the power strip directly to the wall outlet. I’ve uninstalled, and then reinstalled the drivers. No use. Any suggestions?

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