Power Supply for external HDD

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by ThomasMann, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. ThomasMann

    ThomasMann MDL Expert

    Dec 31, 2015
    1,045
    163
    60
    When I connect my external HDDs to my desktop, then they get the power supply from that computer.
    To use these HDDs (f.e. when travelling) in combination with a TABLET, they will need their own power supply.

    Is there anything that I can buy and use for that purpose?

    Thanks, TM
     
  2. John Sutherland

    John Sutherland MDL Addicted

    Oct 15, 2014
    644
    915
    30
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  3. ThomasMann

    ThomasMann MDL Expert

    Dec 31, 2015
    1,045
    163
    60
    Thank you, but I think you misunderstand my question.

    I use some 1TB external HDDs for storage, which I connect to my my desktop by connecting them via a normal USB cable, when I need something (like a movie) that is stored there.

    To connect to a tablet however requieres that these HDDs are externally powered.... so that is what I need "a tool" for.
     
  4. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

    Jan 12, 2012
    2,626
    1,447
    90
    As John told you... you need an external HDD enclosure to place the drives into, they have it set up for power once it's in the enclosure. For 3.5 drives you plug it into the wall and for 2.5 drives you use the usb's for power

    Please explain what types of external drives you want to connect to your tablet, and whether or not your tablet provides usb ports
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  5. John Sutherland

    John Sutherland MDL Addicted

    Oct 15, 2014
    644
    915
    30
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  6. ThomasMann

    ThomasMann MDL Expert

    Dec 31, 2015
    1,045
    163
    60
  7. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

    Jan 12, 2012
    2,626
    1,447
    90
    #8 Joe C, May 1, 2018
    Last edited: May 1, 2018
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  8. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

    Jul 26, 2012
    3,692
    4,002
    120
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  9. Yen

    Yen Admin
    Staff Member

    May 6, 2007
    11,309
    11,144
    340
    #11 Yen, May 2, 2018
    Last edited: May 2, 2018
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  10. ThomasMann

    ThomasMann MDL Expert

    Dec 31, 2015
    1,045
    163
    60
  11. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

    Jul 26, 2012
    3,692
    4,002
    120
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  12. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

    Jul 26, 2012
    3,692
    4,002
    120
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  13. Yen

    Yen Admin
    Staff Member

    May 6, 2007
    11,309
    11,144
    340
    #17 Yen, May 3, 2018
    Last edited: May 3, 2018
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  14. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

    Jan 12, 2012
    2,626
    1,447
    90
    I would tend to think that a tablet would work much better using a cloud service instead of lugging external drives, wall warts and usb cables and such, Kinda defeats the purpose of a tablet if you need a bunch of extra stuff. If you really need to use that external drive, then a laptop would better suit your needs (imho)
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  15. RogerUK

    RogerUK MDL Novice

    Jan 16, 2010
    4
    1
    0
    Have you thought about a wireless HD ?
    I have a Seagate on specifically for use in streaming music/films etc to my tablet.......