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Trying to add on a wd passport hd thru usb port...plugged in on both ends, and drive sitting there making a clicking noise

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Sounds like the drive went bad have also try a different usb port make sure you are using one directly connected to the laptop/pc not thru a usb hub

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Insufficient power from the usb port to the hard drive, try unplugging other usb devices and using it on its own

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