External HDD's - use in USA and Australia?

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  1. offwidafairies macrumors 6502a

    offwidafairies

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    I am currently living in USA and have bought 2 external HDD's here for use with TM (and to hold my audio as my 160Gb internal is way way way too small for me).

    When I get back to Australia is it safe to plug them in? Just with an adapter? Or can I even just use an Australian power supply?

    They are Western Digital MyBooks 500Gb. One is USB only, the other is Firewire aswell.

    Thanks!
     
  2. digitalnicotine macrumors 65816

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    If these are powered external drives, I would check with their manufacturers to see if they have built in switching. If not, you may need a power transformer in order to plug them in at home.
     
  3. telecomm macrumors 65816

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    You'll be fine. Check the big black adaptor in the middle of the power cord. It should say something like "100–240Vac", which indicates that it will work anywhere (provided you've got a plug adaptor).
     
  4. offwidafairies thread starter macrumors 6502a

    offwidafairies

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    there is a big black adapter on the firewire drive - and ur right, its 100-240 :)

    but the usb one plugs directly into power socket. im guessing this means it wont work?
     
  5. telecomm macrumors 65816

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    Hmm... it might work, but you'd have to check somewhere to see what voltage it accepts. Maybe it's written on the back of the drive?
     
  6. offwidafairies thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    not written anywhere on it. guess i can always give the drive away before i go home.
     

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