troubleshooting Question

USB power and external harddrive power draw

Avatar of lake59
lake59Flag for United States of America asked on
StorageStorage Hardware
4 Comments2 Solutions469 ViewsLast Modified:
So I've been doing some research and I've run into a problem that requires clarifying (mostly because I don't understand the finer points of electrical components). I have a WD Passport external harddrive. After reading up on it, the failure of the harddrive (and other Harddrives powered soley by USB) seems to occur because some USB ports do not provide enough power for what is required (up to 650 mA). However, this seems to imply that there is a USB configuration that *would* satisfy this power requirement. My understanding was that USB had a ceiling of 500 mA. Logic would suggest that a single usb cord (as opposed to the dual slot power boosters) can never satisfy the upper limits of such a device's power draw. My question is simply: is this a correct assumption? Can anyone offer clarification on the issue? Should I buy a dual usb power boosting cable for my harddrive? And how would a dual USB cord power the device over 650 mA if that power is coming from the same USB hub pins on the motherboard?
Join the community to see this answer!
Join our exclusive community to see this answer & millions of others.
Unlock 2 Answers and 4 Comments.
Join the Community
Learn from the best

Network and collaborate with thousands of CTOs, CISOs, and IT Pros rooting for you and your success.

Andrew Hancock - VMware vExpert
See if this solution works for you by signing up for a 7 day free trial.
Unlock 2 Answers and 4 Comments.
Try for 7 days

”The time we save is the biggest benefit of E-E to our team. What could take multiple guys 2 hours or more each to find is accessed in around 15 minutes on Experts Exchange.

-Mike Kapnisakis, Warner Bros