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I have a Mac Mini, running OS X and for ages I have been using an external drive for transferring pictures and videos between friends and family and for backups of a few documents for work etc. I have never had any trouble using the drive and it has always worked OK.

The drive is an unknown brand, but for a few years it has worked with no problems.

I took the drive round to my girlfriends house to transfer some pictures and I lost my cable somewhere between my house and hers. The cable supplied with the drive was a USB 2.0, and went from USB A male one end to 2x USB A male on the other end. One of which I would use to transfer files over. The other just seemed useless and I never plugged it in to any USB port.

I replaced the cable with a single USB 2.0 cable and the drive powered up, all lights flashing, but nothing appeared on screen. I tried it on my housemates laptop, and my brothers laptop, both running Windows Vista. The laptops both installed drivers, and told me that everything was OK - good to go - but then nothing appeared on those either.

Does anyone have any idea what is wrong with the hard drive? I assume it is the type of cable that I have bought, as it was working fine before I lost the cable and replaced it with a single USB lead?

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