Lessons Learned– USB Cables & Connectors
Like most, I have an array of USB cables for devices that hook up to my computers. These devices include:
- Western Digital [WD] External Hard Drive
- Flash Drives
- External CD Writer
Sometime ago– I learned a valuable lesson about using different cables with different devices. The USB cable that came with my Canon Camera fits my Western Digital external hard drive. Both cables– are shown in the following photo. The shorter Western Digital cable at the top and the Canon cable at the bottom. I also have a USB adaptor kit I purchased sometime ago– also shown.
USB Cables & Adaptors
Though the two cables are interchangeable, I found that the longer Camera USB could not be used with the external hard drive– because it was too long. The hard drive blinked like it was being seen by the computer– but it never showed up as a device.
This morning I tried to use the external hard drive– with the cable it came with– and it would not initialize with neither my MacBook nor Acer Netbook. I switched and used a connector that came with my adaptor kit and a long very good 6′ 2.0 USB cable. The Acer Netbook initialized the drive but not the MacBook. [So why would the longer 6′ cable work with the Netbook? Despite its length more data throughput perhaps.] So then I did this:
USB Adaptor– Direct Connect
Both my mobile computers can see the hard drive with just the adaptor– as shown above.
The reason the cable that came with the drive may have failed? Lately, I have been updating the WD external hard drive. I keep the text file posts for all my blogs as backup on the external hard drive and I had not updated it since April. I also put a decompressed copy of one of my site [qisoftware.com] backups on the external hard drive.
If you have a similar problem– try this solution.