External hard drive power adapters

January 29, 2011 at 09:41:30
Specs: Windows 7
I've had a power adapter to an external hard drive go bad. The hard drive itself still works fine, and I have another casing/adapter I can put the hard drive into, but I'm concerned about the power output from the adapter frying the drive. Since I'm hardly an expert on electricity, I wanted some other opinions.

The dead power adapter has the following printed on it:
Input: 100-240V, 50-60 Hz 0.85A
Output: 5V - 1.5A, 12V - 1.5A

The working power adapter has the following:
Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz 2A
Output: 5V - 2A, 12V - 2A

The dead adapter also only has 5 pins compared to the working's 6 pins... it only has one +12V line instead of two.

Are the extra amps going to fry the drive?


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January 29, 2011 at 09:59:04
Ok well... never mind on the whole thing. I just opened up the other casing and it uses an internal IDE connection... the drive itself is SATA. So I guess I'll have to shop around for a new power adapter.

Thanks anyway!

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January 29, 2011 at 10:03:35
I guess you answered your own question, Good Luck

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