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I have a portable hard drive from Simpletech. There is a ubs plug that goes into the hard drive and 2 ubs plugs that appear to go into the ports on my computer.but I only have one avaliable. Do you need both? And should I be using an AC power adapater also?

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You need to use the AC adapter and plug one USB connector to your computer.

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there's no much need for instructions.
you just plug the hd into a USB port avaliable in your computer. the operating system should be able to recognize it a few seconds after you have plugged the hd into the usb port.

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to check to make sure the computer sees the hd. go into my computer and check if a removable storage device has appear.

also check your hd is on, some external hd may have switch to turn them on.
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