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I have a 320 Western Digital external drive. It works fine if I plug it directly into the computer usb drive. HOwever, I want to use it thru a hub cause it is difficult to get to the back of my computer. It does not work thru the hubs. Any suggestions??

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Check the version of your usb hubs some kind of these hubs are not compatible with the new versions.

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Does your External drive have a seperate power supply? Or does it get its power through the USB port.

If it gets its power from the USB port then by adding a hub you are essentially dividing the amount of power supplied by the number of ports extended.

One possible solution that could solve that situation would be to get what is called a powered hub. Which is exactly as the name suggests. The Hub has an external power supply so that it can provide even power to all of the ports.

I hope this helps
If not please post an update and I can try to find a better solution
If you need more help please post what Model of WD ext drive you have (ie....My book, Elements, Passport etc...)

Thanks,
Dave

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Trying to add on a wd passport hd thru usb port...plugged in on both ends, and drive sitting there making a clicking noise


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If you plug your Western Digital Passport External USB 2.0 hard drive to a USB socket in your computer system, & the hard drive's light is on but there is no spinning sound, then you might be experiencing a defective interface circuitry.

These devices have a USB-to-SATA interface inside their enclosure. If you can find another enclosure with a similar interface (or buy a new enclosure), disassemble your hard disk enclosure, get the hard drive out & attach it to the interface in the other enclosure & see if it works.

Another possibility is that the interface could be fine, but the hard drive itself died. To test this possibility, try attaching the hard drive itself (after getting it out of its enclosure) directly to a PC. Since the hard drive is a SATA drive, you will be able to do this easily.

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Hi i`ve just bought the wd elements 320gb yesterday. the problem is that i put the usb in and the light on the product is on but thats all. its not installing and i cant find it on my computer.


The obvious question first is the drive connected with the provided AC adapter?

Are you connecting it directly to a USB port or powered USB Hub? This is not important in external hard drives but it does on portable HD. But just in case keep this in mind.


Other thing is that you have to install the WD Smartware software.

If nothing works, try it on another computer.

If it works, must be a USB port problem.

God Bless You!

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Plug the power, and make sure you have a USB 2.0 hi-speed port. Also check "computer management" and check the hard disk works.

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