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USB/1394 PCMCIA Adapter that Standalone-Powers Std Ext HDD's

Dec 1, 2010 9:14AM PST

Im looking for the above PCMCIA adapter. Most you have to plug in an external power source to get the card to run a small (2.5") external USB hard drive. Im looking for one I dont have to plug in external-power.

Anyone know of Models/MFR's that sell that?

If not, what criteria/specs do I need to search for (e.g. Watts, Amps, etc.?) Thanks.

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Odd request.
Dec 1, 2010 9:18AM PST

Most of these USB 2.0 drives (2.5 inch or smaller) do this just fine with USB power. In a pinch I use a USB 2.0 Y cable for more power.

Then for firewire I just get a firewire card for my camcorder. I would not trust Windows with a firewire connected drive today.

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I dont think you read the question
Dec 1, 2010 10:17PM PST

I explicitly said USB in a PCMCIA adapter, not onboard USB Port. Ive used two different cards that couldnt power anything larger than a thumbdrive.

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Did you try the Y cable?
Dec 2, 2010 2:28AM PST

While I can understood you for being upset with the industry, I take that spilled over to those that want to help you out.

I'll ignore your unkind words and ask if you tried the usual USB Y power cable on said USB card.

-> Help me out here. I found one fellow fail with such cards but he was limited to PCMCIA cards. That's a known limit.


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Dec 2, 2010 3:31AM PST

Sorry but abuse is not permitted here.

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