Using a Hard Drive outside the case Tags: Hard Drives Cases Power Storage Last response: January 10, 2013 12:16 AM in Storage Share pirada January 9, 2013 11:40:54 PM Hello, I have an old Hitachi Deskstar 3.5 hard drive and was wondering if it'd be possible to use it without having to put it inside my case. My motherboard has x1 eSATA / x1 Power eSATA ports on the back plate so I assume the drive will be compatible with these(?), but how could I power it? I've read that you can buy a SATA/power cable to use with a Power eSATA port, but from looking at the few available on amazon not all drives seem to work with them. Is there any other (cheap) cable I could use to power the drive? Or anything specific you could recommend? Thanks More about : hard drive case photonboy a b G Storage January 10, 2013 12:16:29 AM http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=39419&vpn=NST-300SU-B... *Canadian link: This model supports BOTH eSATA and USB2 for any 3.5" SATA drive. **Investigate of an eSATA cable comes with the device. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources New build booted outside of case , but now it wont boot Forum Any electricity risks w/ connecting drives that are outside the case ? Forum [ Case Log] Project Sestren Worklog -World's First Back/ Outside Mounted Forum Thinking Outside The Box, Major Case Mod w Pics Forum Use a 2nd PS outside the case ? Forum The good of high VRAM outside gaming Forum Cybercafe: Saving energy exhausting all PC's hot air to the outside . Forum Will running my PSU outside my case kill my PSU? Forum CM HAF 912 case vibration caused by Hard drive bay Forum GPU exhaust inside vs outside the case Forum Budget Build, I need some outside perspective Forum Reformat laptop hard drive using only a flash drive ? Forum My old case of external hard drive was damaged. I bought a new one but it did no Forum Assembling outside of the case to test components. Forum Should a PSU Fan point Inside or Outside ? Forum Best SSD Of 2013, Which is it? Forum Boot Drive Forum NAS Drive access Forum Can Use two hard drives independently? Forum Cannot open external hard drive Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !