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There are two USB (turquoise and blue) on a split from the external hard drive.  Which do I plug into my computer USB or does it make a difference?  I cannot find my manual and have not used this in a very long time.  Thank you for your help.

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The green is a data/power cable that can be used by itself if your USB port can provide enough power to power the drive. If the one port does not provide enough power by itself, you can plug in the blue connector as well to provide additional power for the drive.

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There should only be one but either should work. Sounds like you have two separate external hard drives. There may be a port for USB and one for Firewire if you have it.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007

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