FreeAgent go drive power supply

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by npriess, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. npriess macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I consider buying the freeagent go drive but noticed the dual headed usb cable. Is it really nescessary to use that cable?
    Because I have only 2 usb ports in my mbp that would not be a great solution.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    It will run just fine on your MacBook Pro with only the data cable connected. The Y cable is for low-power USB ports.
     
  3. npriess thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is it like that with all drives or is the freeagent go above average power consumpting?

    Where do I find these low power usb ports? on older computers only?
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    All bus-powered USB drives that I know of have the Y cable.

    Yes, you will likely only find low-power USB ports on older computers, and perhaps some hubs.
     
  5. danny_w macrumors 601

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    The WD Passport drives do not have a Y-cable, at least the ones that I have bought have not had it.
     
  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Ah yes, I remember running into that in the past. You have to call them and have them send one out to you. I think you pay something like $5 for it.
     

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