Airport Extreme and self powered USB

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by atacinus, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. atacinus macrumors 6502

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    Will it work together for wireless time machine backups? Or does it require a hard drive with a separate power source?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If your drive is bus powered over a single cable it won't need an AC adapter.
     
  3. atacinus thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Right, but will that work with the airport extreme? I'm just not sure if I can draw the power from that....
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I had my WD Passport running just fine on my Airport Extreme. The USB port on does provide power.
     
  5. atacinus thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Awesome - a WD passport is the same drive I was looking at - thanks so much!
     
  6. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...usually 3.5" External Drives have power supplies with them and for the same rotational speed they perform better than the 2.5" External drive equivalents... plus usually you can get a 1TB drive for the price of a 500 GB portable now and more storage is better:D
     
  7. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

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    But I think in this kind of situation the performance bottleneck is coming from the wireless connection and not the hard disk. Perhaps if you're connected via ethernet you might notice a difference but if you're accessing the drive wirelessly then the difference between 2.5 and 3.5 isn't going to matter?
     

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