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Is there a WD or Seagate 1+TB that doesn't need an external power source?


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Do WD or Seagate (or any one for that matter) make a 1TB+ external drive that uses Firewire, but that DOES NOT need to be plugged in? I live off the grid, using solar, so to use the computer and only have ONE appliance plugged in seems easier. is this possible?
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I just purchased this one about 2 weeks ago. 1TB, does not need to be plugged in. Has ThunderBolt that can be used with FW800 if you buy an adapter.
Amazon.com: Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STBU1000101 (Silver): Computers & Accessories

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Use a Mercury Elite Pro Mini from OWC. It is FW800 and draws its power from the computer. You would still need power to the computer - do not know if there would be enough power running a laptop from battery to also run the external hard drive.

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firew...W800_FW400_USB

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So, I need an adapter to convert the Thunderbolt to FW800? Does Seagate make a 2TB unit that is similar?
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Not sure. You can probably find that out by visiting seagate's website or doing some searches on Google or just browsing on other websites that sell hard drives.

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I have several freeagent goflex drives from Seagate. They do not need external power.
Amazon.com: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5 TB USB 3.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive in Black STAA1500100: Electronics

They come by default with USB 3.0 - but you can get a firewire cable or thunderbolt adapter. I have both - IMHO the drive isn't fast enough to saturate firewire so it isn't worth the money to get a thunderbolt adapter and cable.
Amazon.com: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Upgrade Cable FireWire 800 - STAE102: Electronics

Amazon.com: Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter (STAE121): Electronics
(You still need to buy a $50-$60USD cable on top of this adapter to use thunderbolt)
http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-1...nderbolt+cable
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