Is it possible to have an External USB 3.0 enclosure (for Sata 3.5" HDD) with no power adapter requirement??? Most of the External enclosures I've seen on Newegg have a power adapter. (I see some 2.5" models without them though.) Is this for backup/extra boost or is it needed?
I'm on my last decision before buying all the parts needed for my new system build. The last part: The desktop case.
The difference: The front port either has eSata or USB 3.0 connection. eSata is faster so if I need a power adapter anyway than who needs the USB 3.0?? Know what I mean?
Hawkeye: Didn't USB 3.0 increase the available power? Yes, the OP should use a drive with a separate power supply, but...
USB 3.0 increased the power from 0.5 watts to 0.9 watts at a nominal 5 volts. Still pretty tight for a 3.5" HDD, at under 5 watts.
Yes they did. I wish they had boosted it just a bit more. You might be able to get away with using USB power alone, but as you stated, it will be tight. If the manufacturer provides a power adapter, then I assume it won't be able to draw enough power from the USB port.
If the OP is willing to trade off a 3.5" drive for a 2.5" drive, then he'll have more options available.
I've got two 2.5" USB 2.0 drives that require that g*d-awful Y cable to draw power from two USB ports. I usually plug them into a powered USB hub that I have that's way out of spec - it provides massive amounts of power if the drive tries to pull it.