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Solved: Sata External Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Jimmy Justar, Sep 4, 2009.

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  1. Jimmy Justar

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    I have just bought a SATA external drive and can't get it to work I have standard ATA system will that be my problem, the computer has Windows XP version 3 installed please help
     
  2. saikee

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    Not if you are using a USB connection.

    However according to the standard specification a USB connection point at the computer can supply a maximum of 0.5 Amp which is not enough for many older 2.5" laptop size hard disk, let alone the desktop size 3.5" hard disk.

    You need an external power supply or use a twin head USB cable (by hooking to 2 USB port to get 1 Amp current supply).
     
  3. Jimmy Justar

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    Thank you Saikee. My extenal hard drive is connected to a USB socket, am now using
    a power adaptor, the unit is now working fine, thanks again
     
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