Increase the power running to a portable hard drive from your PC or Mac®
(1) USB Mini-B Male
(2) USB-A Male
When a standard USB cable cannot transfer enough power to operate an external device, such as a portable 2.5in hard drive, you need a USB 2.0 y-cable. Simply plug this cable's USB Mini-b end into the device, and then plug the two USB A ends into open USB ports on one PC or Mac. This cable then pulls power from both USB ports, and thus increases the output to the external drive.
The red molded hood on the auxiliary USB A connector enables the user to quickly distinguish between main and auxiliary power. Foil and braid shielding reduces EMI/RFI interference, and twisted pair construction reduces crosstalk for high speed, error-free data transfer. This cable is compatible with USB 1.0, 1.1, and 2.0 specifications.
Please Note: This cable is not designed to split USB signals to multiple computers. The two USB A connectors are meant to plug into USB ports on the same computer. Furthermore, thanks to customer feedback, we have extended the length of the arms of the Y from 9 to 12 inches.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Alan R from Solved my problem.I had a problem getting my WD My Passport external drive to work with my PowerBook G4. I finally found a comment on-line that the problem was that the G4 USB port did not supply enough current for the Passport. This cable allows me to get power from both USB ports and seems to work fine. I had to buy an extra mini USB to micro USB adapter (would be nice if there was a micro USB version of the cable) and the cords are a little short but they do work.
Date published: 2012-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brenda Physical Therapist from SAVED!!!!This cable replaced the one that came with my external hard drive. The flimsy cable that came with my hard drive was not functioning so I thought I had lost everything on my external hard drive. I was saved by this new cable. It is very obviously much sturdier than my original cable and no doubt it will last longer.
Date published: 2010-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by Teapotdome from Good Stuff!Needed the Y-cable to power my new Toshiba external hard drive. No one had what I needed...Not Apple, not Radio Shack, no one. Cables to Go had exactly the right cable at the right length at the right price. Awesome!
Date published: 2009-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by Zed from Good product, one caveatGood cable but the arms of the "Y" are too short. They should be 18" long.
Date published: 2009-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by L. Curry from Perfect ReplacementMy old USB cord for my hard drive had a short in a wire. The product was a perfect replacement
Date published: 2011-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by JJMac from Great, but Y is too shortGreat cable for use on removable HD on a 17" Powerbook except the arms of the Y aren't long enough to stretch across both sides of the laptop where the two USB ports are. I would also be interested in a micro USB Y cable for the same application.
Date published: 2009-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by Don from works greatthey work great .I looked for them in everly store in town and fined them here
Date published: 2010-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by Diamond Cutter from Portable hard drive necessityExternal portable hard drives especially require this cable to function correctly because of the USB port current limit. I am very pleased with the heavier cable construction and reinforcement protection at the cable junction point. Quality color coded connectors allow for the cable to remain attached to the computer and plug in the correct added power connector when needed freeing up a USB port.