How can I get my Western Digital external drive to connect to my MBPr?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hieveryone, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    I recently bought a 13" MBPr, and I have attached it do a a Dell Monitor so I can use it as a desktop when I'm at home :D

    I'm trying to attach my Western Digital 1 TB external drive to the USB port in the monitor itself but it does not show up on my MacBook.

    Is the only way to plug it into my MBPr or am I missing something?

    Thanks :)

    Also, I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this so sorry in advance if it is! :(
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Your Dell has to be connected to BOTH the DisplayPort and a USB port on the rMBP. If you connect to DP only, you can't use the USB ports in the monitor.
  3. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    The DisplayPort doesn't carry any data across. You need to have the monitors USB cable connected to your MBP as it is essentially a USB hub.
  4. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
  5. laurihoefs macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2013
    You'll most likely need a USB A to B cable. Check the manual to be sure.

    Your monitor probably included the USB cable when you bought it, but if you don't have one, they are commonly available.

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