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Discussion in 'Storage' started by u2konline, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. u2konline

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    Do they sell the power adapters and USB cable separate somewhere i can buy ?

    only thing i found this on newegg

    StarTech USB2HAUBY3 HDD Accessory - Newegg.com

    Would this work, despite no power adapter?

    seems like both my power adapter and usb cable are damage which is why my hard drive is not working anymore. Note: if i let it rest for about 2 days, and plug it back in, it works for about 15 mins then dies not function again.
     
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    depends on the external drive, If its a 3.5' external then a Y cable wont work - you need an AC adapter, If its the small 2.5' laptop hard drives then a cable like this should be fine so long as the corresponding connector that plugs into your drive fits.

    I am aware that some manufacturers use their own proprietary USB cable with their externals.
     
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    I would that if the USB port is putting out enough power, it could work.
     
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    If it has an input for external power, use that. I doubt providing USB more juice will do you any good unless the hard drive initially came with a y-cable for 1A @ 5v as opposed to 0.5A.

    This. More often than not 2.5" drives will use two USB ports because it only requires 5v to power the drive. 3.5" drives on the other hand use both 12v and 5v.
     

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