bus-powered external harddrives

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by zoopop, Jul 9, 2004.

  1. zoopop macrumors newbie

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    Hello all!
    Anyone have any suggestions on buying a good bus-powered (USB & Firewire) external HD? What is a good brand and anyone know how big they can get? Is it 80GB?
    I've been looking at the LaCie PocketDrive, 80GB, USB/Firewire, 5400rpm drive. Any other suggestions or recommendations?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. stoid macrumors 601

    stoid

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    Remember that USB cannot power a drive. I have used the PocketDrives and have been very pleased.
     
  3. Finiksa macrumors 6502a

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    USB can power drives, I have one connected to my Powermac at the moment, it's only bus powered and doesn't even have a power adapter port.

    USB however is not bootable so firewire would be preferable. If you want one that's bus powered you'll need to go for one with a 2.5" laptop style drive, USB and Firewire generally cannot supply enough power for 3.25" desktop drives.
     

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