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USB y-cable...?

just bought a Western Digital portable external hard drive....handsome little unit but not enough power with the USB they supply and i can't seem to track down a Y-cable that will take power from two USB ports on my laptop to power this thang.
anybody know where i can find such a beast.

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I have a Western Digital 250GB passport HD which works from a USB. I don't have any problems. Is yours a bigger drive?
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just bought a Western Digital portable external hard drive....handsome little unit but not enough power with the USB they supply and i can't seem to track down a Y-cable that will take power from two USB ports on my laptop to power this thang.
anybody know where i can find such a beast.

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Can the shop you got it from not help? or is that half a continent ago?

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USB 1.1 only on your laptop?

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i can't seem to track down a Y-cable that will take power from two USB ports on my laptop to power this thang.
Luckily...! I dont think it will do any good to ur devices...
Probably you dont get enough power because your ext HD is a USB 2.0 device.
USB 2.0 devices like HDs require considerably more power than what the standard USB 1.0 (1.1) can deliver.
Otherwise you can try with a hub with external mains supply.
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