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I don't know if this is the right forum to post this, but I have always gotten help here, so it seemed like a good choice.
I recently bought a WD Passport Essential 320GB external hard drive. This drive works perfectly on my laptop with Fedora 10 installed, but my workstation fails to recognize it. This workstation is a dual boot Win XP/Fedora 10 machine, but I usually use the Windows install. I initially thought that the drive not being recognized was a windows problem, but today I tried to connect the hard drive to Fedora 10 on the same machine. This attempt also failed, which got me thinking that perhaps the USB ports on my motherboard didn't have enough power do start the hard drive? The drive light on the hard drive turns on when it is connected, which indicates that it gets some power, but maybe not enough. The hard drive is a 2.5'' drive, which shouldn't require an external power source. The motherboard in the workstation is an AOpen AK-86L powered by a 520W power supply .
So, to recap, is it possible that this combo doesn't provide enough power to make the external drive usable?
Last edited by Findus; 02-24-2009 at 12:17 PM.
Reason: Corrected the drive name from "MyBook" to the correct "Passport"
The light on the drive powers on, and the drive works perfectly on my laptop. It's the workstation that provides the problem. I have looked at dmesg | tail after connecting the drive, but nothing there seemed to relate to the drive. Unfortunately I'm not at my workstation, and won't be for another 2 weeks, so I won't be able to post any output.
Today I got my drive working on a computer runnig Vista by changing the filesystem from NTFS to fat32. For some reason the Vista machine refused to read the disk when it was NTFS-formatted, but once it was formatted as fat32 it was fine. Hopefully this will be true for my computer at home too, so I don't have to buy a special cable to use my hard drive on that one computer.