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My dell laptop wont pick up my external hard drive what should i do

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March 4, 2012 12:11:03 PM

i have an external hard drive when i put it into my laptop via the usb port it comes up in my devices and printers but i cant open it and access my things plus it doesnt show up in my computer either whys that can someone help me please?????
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March 4, 2012 3:21:27 PM

Question is the USB enclusure powered by an ac adaprote or does it get it's power from the USB port?

USB2 can only provide a MAX of 0.5 amps (that means device can not exceed 2.5 Watts). Some times they use a usb cable that will plug into to usb2 ports to provide additional power.

USB3 increases the amount of power available to devices.

Myself, for external HDDs I either use a powered eneclosure or I plug the HDD in to a powered usb Hub.
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