All my stuff is on that thing...
March 9, 2011 11:17 PM Subscribe
I have an external hard drive that I bought in America that won't turn on in Europe.
posted by Groovytimes to technology (16 answers total)
I have a Western Digital 1TB external hard drive that I bought in America and worked just fine. I just arrived in Paris and though I'm using a converter on the plug the external won't turn on. I carried the external in my laptop bag onto the plane, nothing happened that would suggest it could be broken. When I plug the power cable into the converter and then into the external, the light comes on then goes off, nothing starts to whir. I use the same converter to plug my laptop into and it works just fine.
Is it because my laptop power cable has a surge protector that it works with this converter? Is my converter not limiting the watts enough for my external to turn on? Should I buy a better converter or buy a European power cable?