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So my friend needs to transfer about 80 gigs from a standard 3.5" HDD. The only available enclosure I have is a 2.5" laptop enclosure that uses one of the double-ended USB Male-To Malex2 cables. The board alone should fit physically on the 3.5" HDD.

Is there any way that will provide enough juice to power it though? I can't remember if I've seen any USB powered full size enclosures.

Thanks.
Edited by MKHunt - 1/8/12 at 9:11pm
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post #2 of 4
3.5" drives need more power than most USB plugs can provide. I doubt it'll even spin up. I'm not sure if it's healthy to try.

USB3 might have enough juice, but USB2 definitely won't.

Most 3.5" drives require docks to be accessed externally.
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?S=1268&ID=1642
     
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post #3 of 4
3.5" don't NEED docks.

I have a masscool external that I use for backup or saving data.

3.5"s will, though, require an AC adapter to the enclosure.

Why not toss it into your rig, and pull data off of it via Windows/Linux/MacOSX?
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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post

3.5" drives need more power than most USB plugs can provide. I doubt it'll even spin up. I'm not sure if it's healthy to try.
USB3 might have enough juice, but USB2 definitely won't.
Most 3.5" drives require docks to be accessed externally.
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?S=1268&ID=1642

That was my feeling as well. Sadly my friend's P67 board doesn't have USB 3.0. My sig rig does, but it also has a hot swap dock lol.

well that's rather unfortunate. Thanks for the confirmation.

eta:
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Originally Posted by rawfuls View Post

3.5" don't NEED docks.
I have a masscool external that I use for backup or saving data.
3.5"s will, though, require an AC adapter to the enclosure.
Why not toss it into your rig, and pull data off of it via Windows/Linux/MacOSX?

My rig is stationary. His rig is 45 minutes away. We're completely tearing his down for a new case, ram, and CPU cooler at his location. I currently have two 1tb externals. One has a voided warranty and is missing a power source and the drive is dead, so the enclosure is gutted. I'll just take the opened enclosure to his place with the power supply from the one I use daily. Can't believe I didn't think of that sooner.
Edited by MKHunt - 1/8/12 at 9:10pm
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