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Why does my external HD have 2 USB connectors?


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Picked up an external HD and the cable ends in two USB connectors, about four inches apart. Am I supposed to hook both of these up to the computer?
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It would appear that your new enclosure requires more power then can be drawn from a single USB port. Some come with two usb some with a wall plug. If yours comes with two USB then you can see if it will work with just one but your best bet is to just plug them both in.

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Mains power is always the best option as it can happen the demand on USB ports is simply too much.
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Oh, yup. It's an extra power issue. I never had a prob with just one plug on my laptop here but tried it on an older computer and that's just the issue. Thanks for the head's up.
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