How to connect an external HDD to OSMC on RPi

I have a little problem. I can’t find my HDD pluged in my RPi whereas I can my find another HDD plug in my residential gateway (so OSMC accesses it through network).

When I use putty to find it, it doesn’t appear:

Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
devtmpfs        172M     0  172M   0% /dev
tmpfs           177M  2.6M  174M   2% /run
/dev/mmcblk0p2   15G  1.7G   12G  13% /
tmpfs           177M     0  177M   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs           5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
tmpfs           177M     0  177M   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/mmcblk0p1  240M   32M  208M  14% /boot
tmpfs            36M     0   36M   0% /run/user/1000

Moreover, each time I plug it in, OSMC reboots.

What I have to do to add my HDD?

Thanks in advance,
Dark Patate

Is the drive powered via USB, or self powered. I’m betting it’s USB powered and that your Pis power supply isn’t sufficient. Try a better power supply.

Yeah the HDD is powered by the USB. There is no way to connect it to the Pi ?

Yes, get a proper power supply for the Pi.

The official pi 2.5a power supply can power my WD my passport 2tb fine

But the Pi itself is powered with a power supply (a smartphone power supply).

That is not a power supply, that is a phone charger.

Your power supply probably isn’t up to scratch. You can learn more on our Wiki here: Frequently Asked Questions - Raspberry Pi - OSMC

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It’s the charger I got from RS with the RPi. But I just checked it, and it’s only a 1.5 A charger.
So, ok, I need to find a 2A charger.


you can also try to use a active USB Hub. Then the HDD will be powered via the power supply of the USB HUB.


Ideally you want to a 2.5A power supply for the pi:

Thanks Tom.

Might not be true for all, but when I tried an USB powered disk I still had to add ‘max_usb_current=1’ to config.txt even though I used a powered hub.
I guess the disk politely asked the Pi for power instead of the hub?


In order to check my charger specifications, I had to unpluged the Pi. After restarting it, the HDD was detected!

But I will still find a better power supply :slight_smile: