when i connect my hard drive to my raspberry pi it makes like a clicking beeping sound and i cant use my mouse to access my films and the like,but if i connect hard drive to my laptop it works fine. This problem has only just started as it has worked fine for years,can anyone help please

  • Worked fine for years? The Pi hasn't been around that long.
    – joan
    Commented Jun 15, 2014 at 15:31
  • i have had mine for nearly 2 years
    – peter
    Commented Jun 15, 2014 at 15:37
  • When did you last update the pi? and what distro is it running?
    – rob
    Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 10:47
  • Sounds like either issues with power or kernel version (I recently had issues with an enclosure not working after a kernel update).
    – user8894
    Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 18:43
  • Hi gang thanks for your answers but im completely useless with regards to technology,how do i update the Pi and what is kernel,cheers
    – peter
    Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 20:24

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Suppose your drive drains power from USB port, like most of 2"5: it does not work as PI does not give enough current on those ports. It the drive has its own power supply (most of 3"5), it should work fine. Another option is to get a self-powered USB hub.

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