How to make an external HDD externally powered

Hi guys, I have an external HDD which i use to store movies, photos,etc. To use this hdd, all i do is plug it into my laptop via usb cable. Now, my question is: can i make this external hdd to be externally powered (i.e. it has be connected to electricity to work)? Thanks
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  1. Some usb hubs have there own power supply.
  2. Laban_18 said:
    Hi guys, I have an external HDD which i use to store movies, photos,etc. To use this hdd, all i do is plug it into my laptop via usb cable. Now, my question is: can i make this external hdd to be externally powered (i.e. it has be connected to electricity to work)? Thanks



    There are tons of USB/AC adpaters out there. Target sells a simple single plug one for less than $10 for instance.
    http://www.target.com/p/nook-simple-touch-adapter/-/A-13924302#prodSlot=medium_1_1
    Just look for one that meets the power requirements of your hard drive, though just about any of them should work fine. Apple makes them, most new smart phones come with USB/AC adapters, and so on.
  3. OK, thank you. I'll check it out.
  4. Wait... If i get a USB/AC adapter, there would be no way to connect my external hdd to my laptop, seeing that my external hdd has only 1 USB port?
  5. Laban_18 said:
    Wait... If i get a USB/AC adapter, there would be no way to connect my external hdd to my laptop, seeing that my external hdd has only 1 USB port?



    Yeah, okay, I see where you are going. But whatever you plug the drive into will power it, if you are not plugged into anything to use it, then you don't need to have it powered on, right?
  6. OK. Here's the deal. I play PS2 games of my external HDD and they lag, so I did a google search and found out that it could lag cause its the ps2 that's powering the external HDD. So that why I wanna make it externally powered.
  7. And that's why i recommended an usb hub with it's own power supply.
  8. Thank you, I'll get it.
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