bus-powered external harddrives

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

  1. zoopop macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2004
    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?

  2. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    Remember that USB cannot power a drive. I have used the PocketDrives and have been very pleased.
  3. Finiksa macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2003
    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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