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External docking station problems

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Can anybody tell me why my external SATA docking station, linked to USB socket, has no problem recognizing an 80GB SEAGATE HDD, but fails to recognize a SEAGATE 1TB HDD??

The computer sounds indicate it has been 'accepted' but then just a zero record of its existence.  Really frustrating!

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Most probably the 1 TB HDD draws too much power. Seagate HDDs are well known for heating, which takes extra power. Does the docking station support USB 3? If yes, try connecting it to a USB 3 port. If not, there's nothing much you can do other than replacing the docking station.

EDIT: does the docking station have external power or is it powered solely by the USB cable?

Edited by Katy

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I too was going to suggest power...it's a problem everywhere, not just USB ports too. 

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