Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Hard Drive Power

Several people suggested that the problem I was having with the external hard drive clicking instead of spinning up was that it couldn't draw enough power through the USB3 port, especially because my laptop is pre-USB3 and therefore I have a PC card with the USB3 ports in it. A suggestion from nojay sent me back to Fry's for the fourth time in six days, where after much hunting I found the only "splitter" cable that ends in the USB3 connection for the hard drive. That allows me to plug the USB3 data line into the PC card and the power-only USB connection into another port, with the result being that the hard drive (which is an exchange for the first one, just in case it was actually defective) is working just fine now.
Tags: computers

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