4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 19, 2011 1:06 PM by Art De Rojas
Art De Rojas Level 1 (5 points)

My LaCie Rugged hard drive has been working fine for years...until yesterday. When I tried to connect the drive to my MacBook Pro, I got the following warning:

"Because a USB device was drawing too much power from your computer, one or more of your USB devices have been disabled. To prevent damaging your computer, the USB device drawing too much power has been disabled. Other devices may have also been disabled. When you disconnect the device drawing too much power, your other USB devices will be enabled again."

I've tried using a FireWire 800 cable to connect the hard drive, but no luck.

I do not believe that this is a problem with the cables I'm using, as the dialog continues to appear no matter which one I use. I also do not believe that it has anything to do with the MBP itself, as I have an additional hard drive (a Fantom GreenDrive, which requires external power) which works in both USB ports.

Is there any way to fix this problem? If not, will I be able to get my information off the drive somehow and at least transfer it to another drive at a Genius Bar or elsewhere? This is really important, and I'd appreciate your prompt reply.

15" MacBook Pro (late 2009 model), Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • DaddyPaycheck Level 6 (16,030 points)
    It sounds like the drive is bad. You could try taking the actual drive assembly out and putting it into another external USB or FireWire enclosure and try to access it that way.

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  • Art De Rojas Level 1 (5 points)
    Okay...but how would I go about doing that? That doesn't sound like something that just anyone could do.
  • DaddyPaycheck Level 6 (16,030 points)
    If you aren't comfortable doing it yourself you may be able to find a computer shop or consultant that could do it for you.

    At this point, if you have no backup of this drive, it is going to start getting very expensive to retrieve the data off of the drive. There are companies that can do it (Google is your friend) but it isn't cheap.
  • Art De Rojas Level 1 (5 points)
    Hmm...I'd be better off with the enclosure then. However, I just plugged in the drive with a FireWire 800 cord and now it works again. Maybe it just had to cool down...?

    Anyway, thanks for the advice, I'll reply back to this thread if I need anything more.