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Connecting Hard drive to laptop

I have just bought a Maxtor mini 4 HD and want to connect it to my Apple Mac book. There are two cables marked "Power" and "Data & Power" It says to connect the Data & Power first followed by the Power and finally the other end to the mini 4. The Macbook only has two USB sockets both with the same logo. Do I have to use both of these and if so, which one first? Hope someone can help Thanks

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  • Anthony Gibson Jul 16, 2008

    Thanks Latoof, just didn't want to blow anything up !


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Hmmm i think it doesnt matter which goes first or not. just connect them with each socket since they arent marked i dont think it would matter

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I assume that the "2 cables" are actually joined to gether...

Yes just plug the 2 USB connectors in as dirceted.

The USB drive must require more than the 500mA that the USB spec allows for each port. This is a reasonably common solution

Posted on Jul 16, 2008

  • Dave Jul 16, 2008

    BTW since you are connecting the mini 4 pin to the HDD last it really does not matter which order you plug in the USB's to the Mac.

    If you require more USB's for other devices you will need a USB hub... make sure it is a powered Hub (comes with an ac plug pack) though.

  • Dave Jul 16, 2008

    NP better safe than sorry...


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