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Best way to power up an old hard drive

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I have a couple of 3.5' IDE hard drives and I have a USB adapter, but I need to power up the hard drives and I would like to know what's the accessories I would need? Thanks
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by:John Hurst
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You can get a USB enclosure (normally with both SATA and IDE connectors) for your drive. It will probably be powered but that is fine. Get the enclosure, insert your hard drive, plug it in if need be and plug the USB cable to your computer. You should see the drive. I do this and it works.
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by:hadrons
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I have the USB adapter, but for some reason my computer isn't detecting the hard drives. I thought the adapter would supply power to the drives, but that doesn't seem to be the case (or maybe I need to be more patient.) That's why I thought I had to power the drives separately or am I incorrect?
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by:John Hurst
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You probably need an enclosure that is powered separately. That is what I use and it works fine.
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by:Delete
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Yes you need to supply power separate from your USB connection. Those kits that both nobus and myself provided have a power adapter.  If you are using a desktop then you could just use a power connector from inside your workstation if there is a free one.
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by:hadrons
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To quote that great philosopher Homer Simpsons: 'D'oh!'

My adapter doesn't have a power adapter with it and I really don't want to pop-up my desktop. Is there a power adapter that can be purchased separately that I can plug-in into an outlet? If so, what would it be called?
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by:nobus
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>>  I really don't want to pop-up my desktop  <<  ? ? ?
merely a matter of opening it, and taking a spare power cord out to the disk drive
aminute of your time does it
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by:hadrons
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I just got it off eBay; thanks ... nobus, I have a couple of these hard drives, so while doing it the way you suggested once is OK, it will be too much of an inconvenience for multiple drives
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