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External hard Drive connection issues

Last response: in Storage
October 8, 2010 9:32:28 AM

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?
a b G Storage
October 8, 2010 11:52:21 AM

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.
October 8, 2010 1:37:35 PM

Use a Y-cable and connect two usb ports to the drive so that it gets more current.