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500 gb external drive won't boot to my iMac. Orange light on drive comes on but never goes to yellow. Never shows up on desktop. Tried different USB ports and computers.

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There should be a special USB wire that is available for portable hard drives. Basically it might just need power in which the The USB cable has two inputs so one is used for data transfer and the other for power.

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