3614 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 5, 2006 3:04 PM by Philip Tyler
Hi and welcome to the Discussions.
Apple PowerBooks do not supply enough power on their USB sockets to power external hard drives, they do on their FireWire ports but not on the USB ports. To use an external USB hard drive you must power it from an external supply usually a plug-top power supply. It is worth checking when you plug in your hard drive that you see the 'activity' light on the drive come on, as this usually indicates the drive is functioning. Also check in Disk Utility to see if the drive pops up in there. Otherwise the drive should be seen by the finder and it will either recognise the format HFS or FAT 32 but it will not recognise NTFS formatted drives it will probably present a message that the drive is unreadable and needs to be formatted.
I use LaCie drives with my PB but you can use Western Digital, Seagate and many others.
Hope that helps.