A SimpleTech Pininfarina 320 Gb External Drive Is Not Installing Drivers

by William Hirsch

SimpleTech external hard drives designed by Pininfarina are small storage devices usable with Windows computers with a USB interface port. All models include a built-in capacity meter to see how much space is being used at a glance. Drivers allow the device to communicate with other parts of the PC. The external hard drive should install drivers automatically when first plugged in, but in case of error use the device manager to install the drivers. Drivers may not automatically install if the PC is not set to recognize new hardware, or if you have an operating system older than Windows 7.

Plug the SimpleTech 320 Gb external hard drive into the computer's USB port.

Click the "Start" button in the lower left corner of the Windows 7 desktop, then click "Control Panel."

Click "System and Security" in the control panel window. Click "System," then "Device Manager." The device manager window will open, displaying all hardware devices in use on the PC ordered into groups according to function.

Click the "Disk Drives" option to reveal a list. Double-click on the "SimpleTech" external hard drive in the list to open a properties window.

Click the "Driver" tab within the Device Properties window, then click "Update Driver." The Windows driver update and installation wizard will open.

Click "Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software" to prompt Windows to search the PC and the Internet for the newest driver for the external hard drive. Once the driver is located Windows will install it automatically.

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William Hirsch started writing during graduate school in 2005. His work has been published in the scientific journal "Physical Review Letters." He specializes in computer-related and physical science articles. Hirsch holds a Ph.D. from Wake Forest University in theoretical physics, where he studied particle physics and black holes.

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