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Old 02-05-2019, 10:31 AM   #1
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any hard drive enclosures that get their power from the USB?


I have to buy a new hard drive enclosure--mine stopped working after about two years. This model, Sabrent EC-DFLT https://www.walmart.com/ip/USB-3-0-L...ATION/43169819, worked great for me and I was happy with it, so I assume I'll buy another of it.

Although it would be nice if I could find one that drew its power from the USB connection and didn't have to plug in. Has anyone seen that, or do they all need an electrical outlet (maybe because a hard drive needs more power than a USB port can give?)

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Old 02-05-2019, 10:49 AM   #2
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WD and others, make small form factor (2.5 inch) portable drives that get power from USB. I dont use them any more but I have one I used to use for the wife's macbook and it worked fine.
 
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3.5 inch hdd pulls too much watts volts to be powered by a usb port, 2.5 inch hdd on the other hand do not.
 
Old 02-05-2019, 05:07 PM   #4
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3.5 inch hdd pulls too much watts volts to be powered by a usb port, 2.5 inch hdd on the other hand do not.
Thanks, I suspected that. I have purchased Sabrent's cheaper 2.5" enclosure.

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Old 02-05-2019, 07:40 PM   #5
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Thanks, I suspected that. I have purchased Sabrent's cheaper 2.5" enclosure.
I just get insteal 2.5 laptop hdds and use this

https://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-3-0-To-...r=571565488304

you get more TB for the buck that way. even though you're getting a case, though too i am sure this way too is less expensive.
 
Old 02-05-2019, 10:28 PM   #6
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I REALLY don't like placing unnecessary strain on USB power. I really like hardware with room to "move up" or addon. So for an external enclosure with that in mind I'm rather fond of stuff like this

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16817392109
 
Old 02-05-2019, 10:53 PM   #7
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I REALLY don't like placing unnecessary strain on USB power. I really like hardware with room to "move up" or addon. So for an external enclosure with that in mind I'm rather fond of stuff like this

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16817392109
Nice, although I don't know anything about that brand. The only brand I know from experience for these devices is Sabrent.
 
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Nice, although I don't know anything about that brand. The only brand I know from experience for these devices is Sabrent.
Whether you're actually interested or just curious I can affirm that if it's sold by Newegg and gets 42 reviews with an average 5/6 stars you really don't have to be concerned about the brand.

I've owned 1 or 2 Vantec pieces I bought from CoolGear, one I outgrew and the 2nd is still in mounted right next to my Main for when I need it. That one cost me around 50 bux 11 years ago because it plugs in the wall instead of using a "Wall Wart" and has 2 x 5 1/2 inch bays using the external SATA interface. These days USB is faster but it is still plenty fast enough and ultra reliable. It is also a portable recovery system since I have a bootable DVD burner in it as well as a 1 TB hard drive that has a bootable partition and a lot of storage space.... well... it was a lot a few years ago but that's easy to upgrade.
 
  


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