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portable drive powering down

by twetzel2k / February 10, 2008 7:57 AM PST

I have a portable hard driver that I got a couple of years ago. It has recently been powering up and down randomly. What could be causing this?

I connect via USB and have a cord that has the second USB plug to provide power. I use both.

This issue is annoying and worries me. I don't want to loose data, and when I have it plugged in, about every 2 minutes or so it powers down and then immediate powers back up causing the auto read to happen. It interrupts the work flow.

any help or suggestions would be great.

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Sounds like a power issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 10, 2008 8:07 AM PST

Try using an AC power adapter on it.

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follow up
by twetzel2k / February 10, 2008 10:14 AM PST

Unfortunately I don't have a AC cord or plug for it. Would a new case help? it is actually a notebook drive in a case. ... or I guess I can look for a 5V AC connection.

Any other solutions?

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The new case with supply is the cheap exit
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 10, 2008 11:47 AM PST
In reply to: follow up

I find them for not much at and

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