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What type of power adapter do I need for an external hard drive kit?

I bought a 3.5" external optical drive/hard drive kit. It didn't include a power adapter, I have tons laying around here, but no idea which to use. There were no instructions, and the hard drive says 5V 670mA 12V 960mA

Maxtor drive. Have all the little pieces to hook a power adapter up to it, but unsure which to use since it has different voltages and amperages listed.

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plug them all in and try them out
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Not really sure, but that's probably maximum and minimum inputs. A standard 12V should do the trick....most externals run at that anyways.
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if its usb, alot of times that power is optional, and the usb port supplies power. I know this from experience, but not Maxtor per se.
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if its usb, alot of times that power is optional, and the usb port supplies power. I know this from experience, but not Maxtor per se.





my usb2.0 enclosure uses a strange power adapter that has a brick + a output that looks like a s-video terminal.

google the model number and see what comes uot


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Here's the enclosure

No name or model #

I just plugged a 6V into it and nothin

Also tried it on a powered hub. Nuttin.
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try a 12v

also try just plugging the thing in your usb, and plugging the hard drive power into your comp's power. if that works I guess you can rig up some kind of diy power supply with 5v and 12v voltage regulators and a >12v power supply (I've done this before).
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