Momentary power buttons on external hard drives Tags: Hard Drives Power Outage Power External Hard Drive Storage Last response: August 4, 2011 11:54 AM in Storage Share charliehtoms August 4, 2011 11:00:00 AM There seems to be an epidemic of bug-by-design among external hard drive manufacturers. They're all putting momentary-contact power buttons on the enclosures, and not telling anyone. That means after a power outage, somebody has to push the button to get the drive working again. Why would anyone want that to be the default behavior? Is there some reasoning behind this design or is it just a pandemic design bug? How can a person know whether a drive will continue working after a power outage or not before they buy it? Why am I the only one who seems to care? More about : momentary power buttons external hard drives Hawkeye22 a c 296 G Storage August 4, 2011 11:54:16 AM I usually buy bare drives and enclosures. None of the enclosures I use have momentarry-contact switches. If they are on, they stay on after a power outage. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumConvert toggle power switch to momentary ? ForumHow to turn a power supply " hard " on without motherboard? ForumBring back the "Turbo" button ForumComputer will not start on cold boot, only works after I press reset buttons . Forumpower on /reset switch problems ForumPower Button Does Not Turn Machine Off? Turns on Though Forumbypass the power button with a jumper ForumLaptop with OUTSIDE POWER BUTTON ForumExternal hard drive not showing correct gig capacity ForumTesting power supplies Forumhow to rig a homemade power button ForumPartial power ? please help! ForumMY COMPUTER STOPS DETECTING THE EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE ..PLEASE HELP! ForumK7S5A auto power up question ForumMy computer is saying that there is a hard disk failure ForumExternal HDD shows contents in recycle bin ForumExtremely slow transfer speed between internal drives : < 2MB/s ! ForumOld hard drive won't allow boot now ForumData lost, cant write to new external drive Forum[Solved] Hard drive partition causing space limitations More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !