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Thread: Has anybody tried the Maxtor One-Touch drives on car 12V?

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    Has anybody tried the Maxtor One-Touch drives on car 12V?

    The Maxtor One-Touch drives (bought by Seagate, but still sold as Maxtor) have a simple, regular 12V power plug instead of the 4-5 pin plugs in most external drives. Has anybody tried running these directly of the car power? My car will typically charge between 13 and 14 volts, but I'm guessing that a couple of volts wouldn't be enough to spoil anything. Or am I wrong there?

    If that doesn't work well, does anybody know of a hard drive enclosure that works well for car 12 V use? An inverter is not an option, and since I'm gonna use the motherboard part of a Lifebook with a regular car laptop charger I won't have access to computer 12 V either.
    Tor - The MediaSUV

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    haven't tested it, wouldn't do it.
    Don't know how mutch power ou need, if its les than 15 watt, then maybe this wil do it for you.
    http://www.opussolutions.net/catalog...b7ac3b831e244e

    one worning, you need to have 1 volt more than the output voltage (sse manual).
    Otherwise a regular powersupply like an m1, m2, dsx, opus, carnetix. But they are more expensive

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    Very interesting, thanks! I Googled a bit and discovered that a regular 1 tb drive eats around 13-14 watts. But the Samsung TB drive only takes 7.5 watts while searching (assuming that's the maximum power). In that case I should be able to use that and one of those USB to SATA widgets. I've got a few of those laying around. Thanks for the tip! It's actually cheap enough not to demant any Norwegian custom fees either!
    Tor - The MediaSUV

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