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Dec 2, 2011

I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.Windows detects my external HDD but doesn't show up in My Computer. Drive is detected in Disk Management, indicated as "not initialized". When I try to initialize the drive, it gives me the following error,"The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error".What I've tried doing:Do a clean instll of windows - Don't work Uninstall external HDD driver, turned off power, turn it back on again, reinstalled driver - don't work Tested the same external HDD on another Windows 7 system - No problems, detected and able to access Tried plugging on different ports - Don't work.

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-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
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