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usb external hard drive reports no media on XP computer management

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OH Smeg

Which Windows can not read to use this HDD with Windows it needs to be formatted with either a FAT32 or NTFS Partition not NSF Partitions.

To use this drive with Windows you'll need to wipe the drive with a Wiping utility like Boot & Nuke

Then restart Windows plug in the external Drive and go to Drive Management then Prepare and Format the HDD. After that it will be visible in Explorer or My Computer and be usable with Windows.