power supply for western digital external hard drive

June 29, 2012 at 11:04:37
Specs: Windows XP
power supply for western digital external hard drive wd16001032-001
I cannot find one anywhere, is there a compatible?

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#1
June 29, 2012 at 12:33:02
On the back of the hard drive, near the power port, what are the ratings?

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#2
June 29, 2012 at 15:37:14
If you don't mind OEM pricing:

http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers...

The dangers with using "compatible" power supplies are that they may be wired wrong (if DC only) or they may overstate the current they can supply. A external drive really shouldn't use more that 1000mA, so if you're comfortable using something other than OEM and you're sure it's wired properly, make sure it can supply both the proper voltages and current that the drive requires (especially if the drive is still under warranty):

http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#3
June 29, 2012 at 15:40:47
Which one is it?

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#4
June 30, 2012 at 05:01:15
Thanks everybody, it's odd that I cannot find one at WD, or anywhere else, will try to figure out something compatible

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#5
June 30, 2012 at 06:14:54
T-R-A said what was correct. You are not being safe when using a comparable unless the maker says specifically that the adapter is for that model.

AC adapters do not correctly report the output voltage and current. They are not all fully current and voltage controlled internally. In fact most are not. They depend on the load of the powered unit to be attached. If your load is different then the output of the adapter may be different.

If if overheats and catches fire, I guess you could get lucky and run out.


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