External HD Beeping


Mar 9, 2012
I have an 80GB External HD. It doesn't use a power supply, it just connects straight through USB.

When I connect it to either of the front 2 USB ports the HD starts beeping and the light on it starts flashing. It doesn't load.

If I plug it into a back USB port, it works fine.

Does this mean the HD is going to die soon?

I also have a 1 TB external and it has a power supply. If I plug it into the front port it works no problem. No beeping.

So is the hard drive dying? Or Do the front USB ports not supply enough power?