USB/Firewire powered HDD enclosure?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by higg0060, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. higg0060 macrumors newbie

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    I want to back up my files at home onto an external hard drive and bring that HDD to work to keep safe, possibly to photo shoots. I have an internal 160GB 3.5" HDD and want to use that. One problem. I don't want to carry arround two cable cords (USB/Firewire and AC adapter).

    Anyone know of any manufacturers or reputable sources that make an enclosure for a 3.5" hard drive that is powered off of a USB or Firewire cable?
     
  2. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    nope, they need too much power. You can only get bus powered 2.5in enclosures as far as I know.
     
  3. higg0060 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. rtdgoldfish macrumors 6502a

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    Look at the image with the ports:

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    DC power input. Don't think its really USB powered if it has that...


    **EDIT** And also:

     
  5. higg0060 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You confirmed what I thought.
    With technology today you think someone could make this happen. But I guess I can look forward to owning an Asimo one day.
     
  6. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    usb and firewire just weren't designed to transmit that much power quite simply. there really isn't anything else they could do about it aside from design a whole new connection.

    but you can get 2.5" drives up to 160GB, and you can get 7200rpm ones up to 100GB; so you're not losing speed, and size is still pretty good for the 2.5" drives. so there really is no need for bus powered 3.5' drives.
     

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