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A Client of ours made a fairly specific request, which our team did some tweaking and coding to get this to work,
but we normally sell a standard External HDD, powered through the Outlet, with customer Backup Software Integrated with my Managed Services Monitoring Software.
Client wanted to be able to use 2 drives, disconnect one and store Off-Site, and One staying plugged into the server.

So we tweaked our code a little, to allow the drive Letter to be mapped COnstantly, allowing user to simply unplug Drive 1, and replace with drive 2, without it assigning a dif drive letter,
well that part was easy.

So we needed to use Smaller Portable HDD's that arte powered through the USB, and I did NOT think of this, but it appears that the cable is not allowing enough Power to go through to the Drives.

I had known about the Data Limitations of 16-20 Feet, but what are the power Limitations?




Can Anyone Comment on the Limitations to Provide Power to an External HDD through USB?

We used a standard 6 Foot Cable, is this a Case of, Not all Cables are Created Equally?

If So can someone reccomend Cables?



Also, turns out the Seagate Expansion Drives (1.5TB External) that these drives might also be a failure as well, anyone know of any other Drives liek this Non Seagate?

To be Connected to a server running custom Firmware to Manage and Maintain Differential Backups.



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Ive Searched thorugh the vast expanses of the interwebs and have found no data about any form of Limitations when involving Power through USB to a External Pocket HDD

Anyone have any insight?
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If you need more power through the USB, then you can get a Y cable which will have two USB connectors on one end, and one mini-USB on the other end.

Something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-USB2HABMY3-Cable-External-Drive/dp/B003HHK576/ref=pd_sim_e_1
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This would effectively double the Continuous power going to the drive?

Anyoen ever have this happen before? I have never used Portable Drives before so I have no experience with it =/
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I would assume it would. When I bought a 2.5 enclosure, it came with a Y cable like the one linked above.

However, my other Seagate 2.5 Portable drive only uses one USB connector.

I guess it depends on the drive.
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I have a drive that only works on certain USB ports on my computer because it is a 7200rpm drive in an exclosure, but it came with a Y cable (which I lost) that let me plug it into any port and still get enough power.
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Does USB 2.0 Provide Less power than USB 3.0? I spoke with an old Contact at Buffalo Technologies, he said they Used to Carry Portable Drives that Included the Y Cable to address the power consumption. But that all the new Devices only include a single Cable. but these are all now USB 3.0 devices, and clients Server is only 2.0 =(
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According to Wiki, USB 3.0 standard did increase the power output.

Also, newer drives probably more efficient and consume less power.

USB 2.0 has a limit of 500mA

USB 3.0 has a limit of 900MA
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yah Im pretty sure I read through that, wish there was a rule of thumb with power and length, like ther eis with Data and Length
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It's simple - 7200RPM 2.5" drives won't usually spin up unless you have it plugged into a USB3 port (and in a USB3 enclosure) or have a Y-Cable. 500mA at 5V is 2.5w... that isn't enough for a 7200RPM drive. It may be enough for a 5400RPM drive, depending on the model.
     
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