Is there any way to power a 3.5 inch Hard Drive via USB?

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    I have a 120GB desktop HDD I want to use for my Wii, however it will not power when connected to my Xbox 360 transfer cable :P The 60GB hard drive from the Xbox 360 enclosure works with it. If I can't power it with USB, is there any way I can add a power supply??
     
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    You may need a cable with two USB plugs on it, I have seen those before and they are needed for some drives. Otherwise, you should be able to plug in an AC power supply depending on your enclosure.
     
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    No enclosure, just a SATA to USB cable.
     
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    I use a cheap $10 Sabrent adapter to power my SATA and IDE drives. It comes with it's own power supply and it works nicely. Takes only a few seconds to show up in windows xp, windows 7, and my wii.
     
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    You could power it using a computer. Just turn the computer on with only the power cable attached to the drive, then have the data cable for the 360 attached when you turn on the 360. I had to do something like that when hacking the Xbox 1.
     
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    i may be wrong but iirc, 3.5" drives require 12v and 5v where 2.5" can run off of just 5v (most usb ports supply 5v,1a)
     
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    Or if you jump the green and any black pin on the 20/24 block on an ATX psu, it'll turn on as long as the pins are jumped, which you can then use a SATA lead to power your drive.

    I've had so many drives burn out while doing this. Coincidence or not, I have no idea.
     
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    Most drives require 12v, some 3.5" drives only require around 6-8v.

    Come to think about it, I'm not sure the 360 even supports 3.5" drives, but I don't know for sure so I'm not saying anything.
     
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    Well I'm guessing the 360 just sees the drive as a mass storage device? In which case it doesn't need to explicitly 'support' the drive. So long as you power it, it doesn't care what's connected.
     
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    I was using a transfer cable for the Xbox, not using the hard drive on the 360! Anyway, I got the power supply board from a broken external hard drive I had and hooked it up to the SATA one, and it works fine!
     

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