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    Backup Drive for Mac Mini
    I have a Fantom Drive external drive, 60 GB, circa 2007, I use for backup. I only turn it on occasionally. Sometimes it will appear on my Mac Mini desktop (1.25 Power PC G4, 512MB), but most of the time it will not. It tends to appear after I have not used it for months. But then it will disappear from the desktop after a while. Maybe it's a heat problem? I've tried plugging in the external drive to different ports (it has a USB cable) and unplugging all over devices. Plugging it into my Macbook--there I get a message of USB Over Current and it disables the USB port.

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    Your external drive is more than likely drawing too much current from the USB bus. The appearing and disappearing from the desktop on the Mini and the message you received from your MacBook is a good indication. Use it with an external PS or buy another drive.

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