USB-powered hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by princealfie, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. princealfie macrumors 68030

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    Is it possible to have an external hard drive (portable) that can be powered through USB to recharge the battery but not enough to power it for the hard drive to spin to be read? I am using a Powerbook 400mhz Ti to do it. The external hard drive works fine with 867mhz Powerbook... So basically the TiBook USB ports can't power up the hard drive to be read or mounted?:eek:
     
  2. Subiklim macrumors 6502

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    recharge what battery? :confused:
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    The power on the USB bus on PowerBooks is notoriously underpowered. You could TRY a USB hub, but I wouldn't hold my breath. As noted, there's no battery in a USB powered hard drive.
     
  4. princealfie thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It's a IONO external photo hard disk. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery to allow for transfers between CF cards and the hard drive:)
     
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    Also note that USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 ports have very different power (current) levels they can achieve, so a device that is desgned for USB 2.0 might not get the juice it needs from a USB 1.1 port, and will also take longer to charge.

    Maybe a USB 2.0 PCMCIA card would help?

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  7. AppleGuy08 macrumors 6502

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    Yes! There is a USB HD.. I actually just got this one @ walmart. Its by SeaGate, 160GB, USB 2.0, and its only 130.00 It plugs right into the wall and has a long usb and power cable if u wana move it far away.
     
  8. California macrumors 68040

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    Ti ports are usb 1.0 i believe. Not gonna get much juice out of them.
     
  9. balamw Moderator

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    That really wasn't the question the OP was asking.

    The OP already has a drive, that works fine with one PowerBook, but doesn't spin up, but charges when hooked up to a different one.

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  10. AppleGuy08 macrumors 6502

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    aiight then i cant think of anything he can do.
     

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