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I want to build an external hard drive using a Laptop HD, and power it via USB. Is this conceivable? I don't have a problem getting or making an external cover. I'm more concerned with powering it solely from a USB drive.

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dondonjordanBest Answer (author)2010-09-25

yes, it is powered mainly by usb. no power cable. it has a circuit bord that just slots into the hard drive and a mini usb connector for the cable

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dondonjordan (author)2010-09-25

you could buy and external enclousure. I have a wd external hard disc that i take appart all the time to read laptod hard drives when they crash.

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Is it powered strictly from USB? That's the main question.

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Lithium Rain (author)2010-09-25

Yep - get a drive enclosure.

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I want to build it from scratch including the enclosure, I've been looking at instructables that assist with that.

I was more concerned with being able to power it solely from USB.

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