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When ever i plug in my hard drive to laptop the light on my passport goes on but its not letting me get to my files...

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Tribesman,

On occasion the power supplied to these types of external harddrives is not enough to satisfy the power needs of the device. Sometimes additional power is needed - an easy way to test this is to try plugging the drive into a usb port on the back of a desktop and see if you have the same problem.

Additional power can be provided via a special type of cable that allows you to draw additional power from a second usb port on the computer.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200736&cm_re=external_hard_drive_usb_cable-_-12-200-736-_-Product


Please let me know if you have any additional questions.


Thank you.

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