WD External Hard Drive question

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  1. htg macrumors regular

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    I have a WD External HD with no power cable. I thought it could run off the computer with no need for an external cable. I was wrong. Can I get it to work in any way without having to go and buy a new powercable for it. It is a MyBook.
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Is it a 2.5" or 3.5" HDD?

    If it's a 2.5" HDD:

    Do you have a Y-USB cable, the one with one small port on one end for the HDD and on the other end two bigger ports for the USB ports on your computer.

    [​IMG]

    Also try different USB ports on your Mac if possible.


    If it's a 3.5" HDD:

    Get an external power adapter.



    3.5" HDD MyBook
    [​IMG]

    2.5" HDD MyBook

    Hmm, WDC only shows MyBook HDDs as 3.5".
    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=8
     
  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    no, i am afraid not.

    i am presuming that it is a desktop hard drive as mybooks are 3.5"!?

    unfortunately, you will need external power.

    edit: lol spinnerlys, big long post only to find out WD only makes 3.5" mybooks :p
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    ... unless you're a Vortigaunt and can use one of your upper appendages to power electronics.
     

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  5. htg thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think I'm gonna have to get a power adapter. My My Book looks like this:
    [​IMG]

    I do have that type of USB cable but it doesn't fit as it's a 3.5 inch...
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    yea sorry, you will need an adaptor. they are cheap on ebay!
     
  7. spinnerlys Guest

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    It would be longer, if there would be images of the 2.5" MyBook HDD, which I thought I could find on WDC, as Giggle Homages hasn't been helpful in that regard.

    But it was "fun" nonetheless.
     
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    so there do exist the 2.5" mybooks? good to know
     
  9. spinnerlys Guest

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    I don't know, WDC doesn't say so. Maybe it's a legend...
     
  10. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    :eek: legend! i have heard of this legend!

    but seriously, will need extra power supply :(
     
  11. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Spinnerlys, I'd like to take the time here to thank you and commend you for all the help you provide to others here on MacRumors. So many times I see that you've gone to the trouble to help someone and they never respond back, I find that maddening. Anyway, thanks for being there for those in need.

    As to the WD question, My Books are 3.5" desktop drives, My Passports are 2.5" portable drives.
     
  12. spinnerlys Guest

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    Thanks for the thanks and the clarification.

    And as waloshin put it nicely, the ones that can't help themselves, help others, or something like that. :p
     

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