My dell laptop wont pick up my external hard drive what should i do Tags: Hard Drives Laptops Dell External Hard Drive Storage Last response: March 4, 2012 3:21 PM in Storage Share zahrah7861 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????? More about : dell laptop wont pick external hard drive RetiredChief a b D Laptop a c 350 G Storage 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. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumMy external hard drive wont pick up on my pc or mac ForumLaptop as Desktop's external USB hard drive ??? ForumMy laptop cant find my External hard drive ForumShould A Laptop Turn On/Attempt To Power Up If The Hard Drive Is Dead? ForumMagnet go close to an external hard drive ForumBacking up WinXP Pro to External Hard Drive ForumUS Military going to Africa - Help pick my new Laptop ForumExternal Hard Drive Toshiba ForumExternal hard drive not showing correct gig capacity ForumMy dell inspiron laptop wont pick up anything from the usb ports ForumDell Dimension 8400 wont boot up ForumInstalled new hard drive , Windows 7 won\'t boot on Laptop ForumVideo editing on a laptop , is it feasible, and what should .. ForumHelp...how to get files off dead Dell desktop hard drive ? (PICS)? ForumI put new hard drive dell 2600 laptop wont boot up ? ForumPutting dell dimension 8200 hard drive in other computer ForumSlow usb 3.0 external hard drive . wtf? Forum40gb WD Hard Drive In External Case Won't Show Up On PS3 Forum4tb hdd is being read as 2tb hdd ForumExternal hard drive price More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !