External Hard disk enclosure

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  1. mtarm1

    mtarm1 Notebook Evangelist

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    thanks... i havnt actually tried it on my laptop cos i was preping it for win7 but i tried it on my desktop but through the case USB which dont have extra power so that makes sense...

    would my acer aspire 5920G have enough power???

    thanks
     
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    Most USB ports have enough power so I would assume so. Just give it a try. Of course the design (power requirements) of your external USB enclosure is included in the determining factor.

    For example, no three ended USB cable is included with WD My Passport or any other external enclosures I own. I have two WD My Passport external enclosures with drives as purchased (320GB, 500GB), one Apricorn external 2.5" enclosure, and one Rocketfish external 2.5" USB/eSata enclosure. All the enclosures only require one single USB to mini-USB with no additional power cable required when running a USB transfer.
     
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    5920 should be good most of my issues happened with the older MBP's, some of the HP DV' series such as the 1000, and a pile of the sony's, they seemed to have limited USB power to 350mw/port and not the specified 500mw.... but I also had a few desktops that had low power ports as well. I do know that thr 5920 and the 5735 both had no issues with any of my externals when on AC power, and I cant remember any on battery needing the second either
     
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    well good news i have found one of my spare mini USB to USB cables (that is longer thank god...) and i plugged that into the drive and my 5920G's USB port and it works fine... i think it had more to do with my desktop(more specifically yhe front panel USB ports which arnt powered...

    ill have to either wait till i get my thermaltake v9 (with eSATA) or go buy a USB expansion card as all my USB ports are full...

    thanks very much for all your help guys.

    p.s. the enclosure was just a y ritmo one that cost $15... i only got it cos i needed asap...
     
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    Glad your up and going
     
  6. mtarm1

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    not exactly... i just had to reboot and the drive wouldnt start... i plugged the dc cord in and it started... i could then take this out and it would keep working, but its just a pain thats all.

    it worked the first time with the one cable... oh well

    does anyone know if someone makes a cable like this?

    USB (male)--------\
    ------------------->------- USB (female)
    USB (male)--------/

    cos then i could use my long cable and have the two powering it... but id still loose a USB port... :(
     
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    if your handy with a soldering iron you can make one easily, im not aware of a commercial one, but never really looked either you DO NOT want to tap the data lines for the second port though
     
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