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 | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Reply to pirada Register or log in to remove photonboy 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. | Report abuse Reply to photonboy Ask the community Post an answer Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>Using a Hard Drive outside the case> Related ressources: ForumNew build booted outside of case , but now it wont boot ForumAny electricity risks w/ connecting drives that are outside the case ? Forum[ Case Log] Project Sestren Worklog -World's First Back/ Outside Mounted ForumThinking Outside The Box, Major Case Mod w Pics ForumUse a 2nd PS outside the case ? ForumThe good of high VRAM outside gaming ForumCybercafe: Saving energy exhausting all PC's hot air to the outside . ForumWill running my PSU outside my case kill my PSU? ForumCM HAF 912 case vibration caused by Hard drive bay ForumGPU exhaust inside vs outside the case ForumBudget Build, I need some outside perspective ForumReformat laptop hard drive using only a flash drive ? ForumMy old case of external hard drive was damaged. I bought a new one but it did no ForumAssembling outside of the case to test components. ForumShould a PSU Fan point Inside or Outside ? ForumBest SSD Of 2013, Which is it? ForumBoot Drive ForumNAS Drive access ForumCan Use two hard drives independently? ForumCannot open external hard drive More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !