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old hard drive->new hard drive

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I recently bought a new laptop. My last one finally went beyond fixing, so I saved the hard drive and got rid of it. I got a device that would hook it up to my new computer via firewire, a firewire port express card, and a firewire, but when I plug everything in, my computer won't recognize that anything's plugged into it. My computer now is running on Vista and the old drive is XP, so I figure that has something to do with it. Is there any way to fix this without spending too much more money?
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You still need to install firewire drivers for your hardware.

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I've noticed that some hardware makers don't include a driver disk any more, they just give you a link to their website where the drivers are located. The driver disk takes up more room than the actual hardware does for a lot of items.
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