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

    Jan 11, 2006
    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

    Jan 11, 2006
    the only 160 GB drive i could find was the Seagate Momentus for a little over $200...


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

    Jul 7, 2005
    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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