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Ok guys I have a huge problem and I hope you can help me. So I have one of those WD "my passport" external drives. I've had it for a few months now always works fine. Today I plug it in my USB port and it reads it for like 5 seconds on "my computer" and doesn't display anymore sometime I unplug it, plug it again and it asks me to format my drive it's never done that before I click format and it says I can't format it and somethings I plug it in it doesn't read it at all. I plugged my drive on my roommates computer and it didn't read it. My roommate plugged his drive on my computer, but it didn't read it his works all the time. I don't know what to do I'm so lost is there anything I can do about my USB ports? Please help me
post #2 of 6
Make sure you are using it on an USB port that is attached directly to the motherboard and not on a font panel USB port of a desktop. If it's on a laptop it probably needs more power than the usb port can supply. This is a common problem and can easily be remedied by using a USB Y adaptor such as this one. That allows the drive to draw power from two usb ports instead of one. If you shop around you can probably find one for about $5 or so.
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Originally Posted by PapaSmurf View Post
Make sure you are using it on an USB port that is attached directly to the motherboard and not on a font panel USB port of a desktop. If it's on a laptop it probably needs more power than the usb port can supply. This is a common problem and can easily be remedied by using a USB Y adaptor such as this one. That allows the drive to draw power from two usb ports instead of one. If you shop around you can probably find one for about $5 or so.
I don't think its the power I have a desktop.
post #4 of 6
Then make sure you plug it into one of the ports on the back of the motherboard and not onto one of the front panel ports. The ones on the front panel don't always provide as much power as the ones soldered directly to the mobo do. I've run into this numerous times with the Passports and other USB externals that don't have a dedicated power source and get all of their power from the usb port. One of the symptoms of that are not being fully recognized or telling you it needs to be formatted even though it already is and has data on it. While it is more common on laptops, it also happens on desktops, especially if one tries to use an extension or a longer cable other than the one it came with.
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Then make sure you plug it into one of the ports on the back of the motherboard and not onto one of the front panel ports. The ones on the front panel don't always provide as much power as the ones soldered directly to the mobo do. I've run into this numerous times with the Passports and other USB externals that don't have a dedicated power source and get all of their power from the usb port. One of the symptoms of that are not being fully recognized or telling you it needs to be formatted even though it already is and has data on it. While it is more common on laptops, it also happens on desktops, especially if one tries to use an extension or a longer cable other than the one it came with.
I tried that didn't work. I'm sorry dude, but do you HONESTLY think that power is the issue?
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Yes I do. I've seen it time and time again with the WD Passports. I wouldn't have mentioned it if I didn't.
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