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#1 8-bit

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 05:28 PM

I've just purchased a "USB 2.0 to IDE SATA 2.5 3.5 Hard external Drive Converter Adapter Cable" and wondered if the USB cable will supply sufficient power to the drive. Will I need to power it using a separate supply and transformer?

 

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 05:45 PM

Hello :)

 

Something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA3ZB1CB5761 would be what you need to power the drives. 

 

Note, this only works with IDE drives, however if you need to power a SATA drive, you can buy an adaptor such as this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2C50U62318

 

Note: linked words are to the definitions for them, in the Glossary.  


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 01:00 PM

Ah I see. Many thanks for the info! :)



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 02:12 PM

You're very welcome. Glad to have been of help. :) 


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:44 AM

I've just purchased a "USB 2.0 to IDE SATA 2.5 3.5 Hard external Drive Converter Adapter Cable" and wondered if the USB cable will supply sufficient power to the drive. Will I need to power it using a separate supply and transformer?
 
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261374816456


Is it a 2.5" or 3.5" drive you are trying to connect?

If it is a 3.5" drive, then you will need external power as computerxpds noted.

If it is a 2.5" drive, then you may not need any external power…it will really depend on the drive (most drives won't need the external power, but some might).




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