I've been setting up my Raspberry Pi 2 (Model B) as a home media center with OSMC and load contents from my external hard drive.

My problem is whenever the hard drive (this) is connected to the Raspberry Pi it shuts off. Here is my setup:

  • SanDisk Ultra 16 GB microSD card
  • ipTIME N100MINI Wi-Fi
  • vPulse BT-T06 Bluetooth
  • Samsung ETA-U90KWK charger
  • Connected to a TV through an HDMI cable
  • I think that when you add the laptop USB drive that you no longer have enough wattage via your charger to power both the USB bus and the drive. I would suggest using a powered usb hub.
    – Ron K.
    Mar 12, 2016 at 18:34
  • Assuming the drive works with another computer, this is likely a power issue. A powered USB hub should help. Mar 12, 2016 at 18:35
  • So any USB hub is okay?
    – Bilguun
    Mar 12, 2016 at 18:41
  • It needs to be a powered hub to solve the low current issue. FYI if you want others to be notified of your comment you need to prepend an @ and their username like so @beck we don't need to do this because you are the owner of the question. Mar 12, 2016 at 19:20

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The model A/B's I believe have a USB power issue even after they supposedly removed a polyfuse which limited the current to something well below standard (150-160 mA).

I have a small (1/2 TB) external HD that never reliably worked with a model B; I got a powered hub and that was fine.

With the A+/B+/2 models (and presumably the 3) you probably need to add


To /boot/config.txt to get an external drive to work (e.g., that same one is flawless this way on a B+ for extended periods). But that is no help with the older B.

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