If your hard drive clatters and doesn’t spin up properly when connected, it’s probably a problem with lack of current. This was one of the first problems I ran into when I set up my media center.

My first idea was to use a powered USB-Hub, but then you have another device with cables lying around… which is not very fancy.

I found out there is another better solution. πŸ™‚

There is an easy trick to channel more current out of all 4 USB ports. All you need is to addΒ one entry in the config.txt file.


You just need to write this entry at the end of the config.txt file and you’re done.


By default all 4 USB ports provide 600mA current, thanks to the added command you’ll increase the current to 1200mA.

With this trick power hungry usb devices shuldn’t be a problem anymore. My rattling usb drive now spins up properly and I’m able to access my files. πŸ™‚

Where can I find the config.txt file?

There are different methods to access your PIs SD card. Easiest way is to put your sd card into a card reader connected to your computer.


Hope this short article helps some of you having this problems. πŸ™‚