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XP initialization of new USB disk goes nowhere

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Hello,

I bought a 320gb WD recertified 2.5" disk thinking it would fit my laptop but it doesn't because its SATA. So I bought a USB enclosure from the cheapo manufaturer called Eagle, only to find out it's takes two USB ports to power it. (Of course, no mention of this on the box.)

Does anyone know of decent enclosure out there that requires only ONE USB port?

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Hello, I went back to store and found another Eagle enclosure that does not use a "Y" USB cable. It's just one cable. It's called Eagle Consus External Storage System. Paid $17 at MicroCenter. Model number: ET-CS2PSU2-BK.

Still just a hollow box made of thin metal. Probably cost $1 to make in China.

But when you're on the road, losing two USB ports of your laptop is a big deal. I still have no idea who would buy the ones that take 2 ports when the 1 port unit is just a few dollars mor. In my case, the unit would not run on a single port, whether the thick on or the thin one and plugging both in to an unpowered USB hub didn't work either.

Thanks for all the advice.

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LocoFreek25: your point makes sense. But in my case, plugging in just head, either one, didn't work. XP would recognize the unit, but a minute or two later, the drive's icon would disappear from MY COMPUTER.

The funny thing was that the store rep thought every 2.5" drive out there uses Y cable. Not so at all. A  WD 2.5 external I've owned for at least 5 years works like a charm with just a single head with any laptop I've owned.  
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