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This forum seems to be dying but I guess it's worth a shot in the dark. Does anybody know if they make a portable HDD with a firewire port. I don't want one that needs to be plugged into the wall but rather just get it's power from the firewire port on my laptop. Or if there is a such an animal as a firewire to mini-usb cable, I can use that as well. Thanks in advance.
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Originally Posted by ogbuehi View Post

This forum seems to be dying but I guess it's worth a shot in the dark. Does anybody know if they make a portable HDD with a firewire port. I don't want one that needs to be plugged into the wall but rather just get it's power from the firewire port on my laptop. Or if there is a such an animal as a firewire to mini-usb cable, I can use that as well. Thanks in advance.


I "rolled my own" portable Firewire+USB hd over a year ago using this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Tpk=PHR-250CC

I combined that with a Western Digital 250gig laptop 2.5" HD 5400rpm and it's worked famously as a portable music archive.

It will power up over Firewire without a supplementary power supply. The same is not true when using USB, you will need the USB "power lead" in addition to the USB data lead.
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Do you know what kind of firewire port that case has? I only have mini firewire on my laptop.
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Do you know what kind of firewire port that case has? I only have mini firewire on my laptop.


That enclosure has the standard 6P female connectors (x2).

To connect to a 4P iLink style laptop connection you would need an adaptor cable like this:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...t=1#largeimage

Using a 4P connection you will not have the 30v DC + ground that the 6P connector uses. In this case you will probably have to supplement the drive with the USB power lead.
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Originally Posted by KingLeerUK View Post

I "rolled my own" portable Firewire+USB hd over a year ago using this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Tpk=PHR-250CC

I combined that with a Western Digital 250gig laptop 2.5" HD 5400rpm and it's worked famously as a portable music archive.

It will power up over Firewire without a supplementary power supply. The same is not true when using USB, you will need the USB "power lead" in addition to the USB data lead.

Interesting; I just may try that.
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