1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 5, 2006 3:04 PM by Philip Tyler
T. W. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello all,

I have a 15" G4 Powerbook running OS 10.4.2. I have Western Digital 60G External Hard Drive that does not show up on my screen when I plug it in. It is supposed to be powered by the USB cable, but it doesn't seem to get enough power or something so I tried an external power source with no results. I have also tried a SimpleTech 40G External Hard Drive that also did not work, though I did not try this one with an external power supply. Does anyone have any idea why I can't get it connected? Are there any external hard drives that will work with my system that someone can point me to? Thanks!

T. W.

Powerbook 15" Aluminum 1.67 GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • Philip Tyler Level 4 Level 4 (2,255 points)
    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.