WD Passport Micro USB HDD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mohd4325, May 28, 2010.

  1. Mohd4325 macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2010
    I'm using the latest MacBook Pro 13". I have a 320GB WD Passport External hard drive (Micro USB) which I use as my Time Machine backup.

    The problem I'm having is that this hard drive ONLY works when connected to my MacBook Pro directly, if I connect it to a USB hub it doesn't show up. I've tried this in 3 different hubs. All powered. Most times it makes a clicking sound and other times I get an error saying this "this USB device is drawing too much power...". The same 3 hubs work when I connect my iPhones, ipads and USB memory sticks, it's just that my WD Passport hard drives refuse to work through a hub. Even my WD Elements (Mini USB) hard drive won't work through the USB hub.

    Does anyone else have this same problem or any solution? I would be highly grateful.

  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    It simply needs more power than your hubs can provide
  3. Mohd4325 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2010
    More power? The hubs I've tried are already AC powered, can you suggest a hub which is super powered as I don't want to plug/unplug wires every time I take my MacBook Pro.
  4. OldMike macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    I'm looking for a similar hub. Does anyone know of a USB hub that meets the power requirements to power an external usb drive like the OP is using (and hopefully power an iPad as well).

    I asked a similar question in the iPad section but received no answers. I'm looking at a bunch of USB hubs online - but cannot figure out which one might work.

    Someone here must surely have a self powered USB external drive hooked to a USB hub, that works

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