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I plugged my external hard drive into my MacBookPro and a box popped up saying: "USB OVER CURRENT NOTICE A USB device is currently drawing too much power. The hub it is attached to will be deactivated" I take it out of that usb and put it in another one and it says the same thing.

I also have a PC and tried it on that and got the same response, so I think it is the external hard drive.

Also, I can plug the external hard drive into my mac, without turning the power button on and I get the same pop up. It's really odd.

Any help would be VERY appreciated!! :)

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First of all, try it on a different machine - if it works OK on a desktop but not on a laptop, then you need to use an external 5V power supply.

You could also try and source a USB cable that has two USB plugs on it and connect the drive to two ports, but depending on the computer this may not help.

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The power adapter could be faulty.
If you get an error message"Insufficient power to operate USB device" when you plug a USB deviceinto the computer's USB port, then this device is drawing excessive currentthat the USB port cannot supply. In case such as this, youneed to purchased a powered USB hub and connect this hub into the computer'sUSB port and then connect the USB device into this powered USB hub.

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