hard drive docks - question about power supply?

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  1. dapitts08 macrumors regular

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    does anyone know of a hard drive docking station that doesn't require an external power source?

    i have looked around and haven't found one.


    does this not exist?

    i need a new external for my mac mini and was thinking about going this route but i also what the option of it being portable without have to purchase an enclosure too.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Since HDD docks also take 3.5" HDD, there will always be a need for a power supply.
    Either get a 2.5" HDD in an enclosure with USB 3.0 (cheapest option) or an enclosure and HDD.
     
  3. dapitts08 thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks. i figured there was a reason i couldn't find one :/
     
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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  5. dapitts08 thread starter macrumors regular

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    why don't you advise it? can it mess up the drive?

    the drive would have stuff on it that will be backed up but it is still important stufff that i would rather not add extra chance of it being corrupted.

    right now it is all on this drive:

    http://www.amazon.com/LaCie-All-Terrain-FireWire-Portable-301924/dp/B003SO4F38

    since i have the mini now i want to get a drive with usb 3.0 and use the old drive as the back up.
     
  6. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    this would be more reliable

    http://www.amazon.com/LaCie-Rugged-...1366158484&sr=8-1&keywords=rugged+thunderbolt

    it comes with a thunderbolt cable and a usb3 cable. docks are iffy and the fw800 power wire setup would be about a 1 amp power supply the docks full power supply is 3 amps so forgetting and putting in a 3.5 inch drive will over tax the setup. the thunderbolt from lacie is pretty good. you can even get a different sleeve color

    http://www.amazon.com/LaCie-Sleeves...1-1-fkmr0&keywords=rugged+thunderbolt+sleeves
     
  7. dapitts08 thread starter macrumors regular

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    so having a 2.5 in there would be fine? the only time i would be using it with out cable is if i was traveling with my macbook pro. so it wouldn't be an everyday setup but i would like the option.

    as for the thunderbolt lacie .... not really trying to pay a premium for thunderbolt when i just need usb 3.0 for my mini and firewire 800 for when i travel with my macbook pro

    by the time i buy a new macbook pro i will likely be swapping this one out for whatever is better at that time and using this as the back up as i am doing now.

    but thanks ... you ALWAYS give me helpful advice and i appreciate it.
     
  8. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    I have gotten away with a usb2 dock and the firewire cable and I have used the firewire power cable to run a raid0 esata 2x 2.5 inch case
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    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MEQMH0GBK/

    this worked with a firewire power cable and a esata jack

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Thermaltake...093?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4164e8846d

    this worked with a firewire power cable and a usb2 .

    both cases I used 2.5 inch drives.

    I am not perfectly sure about the usb3 as I have done the above but not the usb3 dock.
     
  9. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    USB3 docks all come with power adapters.

    This is pretty much a "fact of life".

    As noted above, you might be able to "cheat" with a particular drive and a particular dock.

    But really, the answer to the original poster's question is:
    "No. You're NOT going to find an external USB/SATA dock without an external power supply."
     

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