External hard Drive connection issues

When I connect my Toshiba external HDD to my computer through a USB male to female adapter, it makes a clicking sound. But when I connect directly to the computer with its supplied cable I get no problems with it, what's causing this?
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  1. Have you tried using other USB ports? DO they give the same result; clicking?

    The USB port may not be supplying enough power to the drive.

    Also worth trying another USB cable, just to eliminate possibilities.
  2. Use a Y-cable and connect two usb ports to the drive so that it gets more current.
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