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When plugging my hard drive in my computor tells me that there is a powersurge and the usb port cannot deal with it ? how do I get around this ?

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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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