external drive...will this run on a MBP USB power?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mark2288, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. mark2288 macrumors regular

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    i'm doing the set up where i install win xp on boot camp on an external and found this HDD: http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=10655

    will it run off only MBP usb-port? also, is this drive good or does anyone recommend any others?

    would it be cheaper for me to get a 160 GB 2.5 inch to replace my internal and do the regular set up?

    what do you recommend? in the end i essentially want:

    - 50 gig mac partition
    - 50 gig windows partition
    - 2 FAT 32, 32 GB partitions for transfering files
     
  2. mark2288 thread starter macrumors regular

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    the only 160 GB drive i could find was the Seagate Momentus for a little over $200...

    http://falconsoft.com/item/12720B

    should i go with this or the sleek lacie external?
     
  3. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

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    If the drive specifications say that it will run powered only by the bus, then it will probably work fine. I run my Windows XP setup on a 2.5" drive powered by my MBP's bus.

    One caveat though: you will need to dedicate the port to the drive and nothing else (or at the very most, the drive + a mouse running through a USB hub). Any more than that, and the drive won't get sufficient power. I run my Windows drive on a hub with a laptop mouse. If I so much as plug in a USB flash drive, the hard drive shuts off.
     

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