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Hooking up My Book to my computer

I have a power cable- a USB cable and a Fire wire cable. My computer doesn't have an available fire wire port-Do I need both?

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Re: hooking up My Book to my computer

Your MyBook has a choice of connections, either USB or firewire. You only want to connect the USB. Perhaps someday, you will want to connect to a computer with a firewire port, but without an available USB port, and your MyBook will be able to.

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My book doesn't have power

Did you plug it in?

USB Powered Devices:

If you're using USB for power then you either need a powered USB hub or the device must connect directly to the computer's USB port bypassing the hub.

If the USB hub doesn't plug in to the wall socket then it is not a powered hub. Basic USB hubs do not supply power to devices or charge an external device like a cell phone. The hub must be of the powered variety and plug into the wall before you can use it for things like this.

Get two USB hubs, one powered and one not. If you're using a USB hub for anything other than connecting a flash drive or your wireless keyboard and mouse receiver, get a powered one. Doing so allows you to charge multiple devices through USB and it will provide power to other peripherals like a laptop cooling pad, external hard drives, etc.

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Nexxtech external USB hard drive stopped working. Light comes on but drive does not seem to activate and produces no response in the laptop.

click start control panel administrive tools ,computer management ,device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or
if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver
sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable,
just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,

check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems also make sure the computers Ram and Cmos battery are securely seated
if this fails to fix the problem

you might have to install a usb 2 or 3 card they are cheap and easy to install you can buy these on Ebay very cheap
hope this helps

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Pros: Lots of space, very low price, doesn't require outside power
Cons: Sometimes stops working, no firewire (but still a quick transfer speed)
Summary: This doesn't require outside power, but sometimes you need to hook it up to 2 USB ports. The USB cable has 2 heads. Sucks when I only have 3 USB ports on my laptop.

Also sometimes it spontaneously stops communicating with the computer. I don

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When I connect my hard drive smart disk to my computer, it doesn't appear at the desktop of my computer (it should appear there because the way I had programmed my computer). I also looked some other...

hi Liz:) this could be the end of the drive or it could be somthing simple like a bad usb cable or port. im assuming you are using a windows operating system. first attach the external drive to your computer. then goto start menu and right click on "computer"(my computer for XP)/ select manage/ select storage/ select disk management/ now look for your drive. if you don't see it try a different usb port(s). if you still cant see it try a different usb cable(s). if none of this works try plugging the external drive into another computer just to be sure but if none of this works then the drive is shot sorry:( hope this helps but if you have any more questions just ask:)

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Had my My Book for more than a year. A few days ago my Mac stopped detecting it. I have since change the usb cable, tried the fire wire and it dosen't work

if there is firewire available, try that.

Open Applications
Open Utilites
Open Disk Utility

On left side - see if there is a Western Digital hard drive, there will be two icons for the drive it is there. The drive and its host. the drive may be grayed out. If so then click the mount button and you should be fine.

if the drive doesn't show up there - then try using a pc. also as weird as it may sound. try (if it lets you) flipping the ac adapter in the wall 180 degrees. may be the case if it is not the ac adapter that came with the unit

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you must have short in the wire hooked up to external try jiggling the base of wire pluged up to port on the external see if you see the light on hard flicker on off if thats the case its your wire for right intell you get a new wire prop something underneath wire intell you see the light stay on.

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Will not mount on a Mac Book Pro 17"

try to connect lacie to windows base computer if it work, there a problem, with your mac book check if device manager recognize lacie drive if not check for the fire wire port.

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Try booting your computer first and then connect the usb cable to the usb port on the computer. Connect the power supply cord directly to a wall socket. Also try the usb cable on different usb ports on the computer. If possible also try it with a different usb cable. If nothing works, check the file format system under disk management, you might have to re-format it.

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New WD My Book 160 GB won't open on my laptop, all hooked up

I have one of these. The USB port must be strong enough to run this drive. A powered USB hub between the computer should be used for best results.

On many laptops, the USB ports are not strong enough to operate this drive. On the desktop, only the main ports from the mother board are recomended.

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Fire wire usb external hard drive

if your computer has a firewire port, connect the hard drive to the firewire port.
If you don't have one connect the hard drive to the usb.
Don't use both.

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Hooking up a

Your external drive has a choice of USB or firewire, so only connect with the USB cable.

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