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External Hard Drive Power Supply

Discussion in 'All other topics' started by Androide259, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Androide259

    Androide259 Member

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    Hi.
    I have a western digital external hard drive, Its power supply broke. The power supply is rated at 12v 1.5a, i have a another power supply that is rated at 10v 1.5a. Can i use this safely.
     
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    The voltage is to low so it probably won't run the motor in the drive fast enough.A lot of power supplies actually put out more voltage than what they are rated and can be checked with a DC voltmeter.
     
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    Ok i tried it and it seems fine. Is there any danger using it long term?
     
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    If it appears to be working fine then it will probably be ok as long as it doesn't overheat and burn up.
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    get the proper voltage adapter with same or higher amperage as you will burn it out as it is in brownout mode which is not good for electronics.
     
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    Just keep a fire extinguisher handy.
     

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