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Do I need both USB plugs on Gigaware Drive Enclosure?

\015 OK, this isn't a PC case, but that's the closest category I could find.I just bought a \015\012 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 \015\012 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable\011{mso-style-name:''Table Normal'';\011mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;\011mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;\011mso-style-noshow:yes;\011mso-style-parent:'''';\011mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;\011mso-para-margin:0in;\011mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;\011mso-pagination:widow-orphan;\011font-size:10.0pt;\011font-family:''Times New Roman'';\011mso-ansi-language:#0400;\011mso-fareast-language:#0400;\011mso-bidi-language:#0400;}Gigaware 2.5'' IDE Hard Drive Enclosure (Radio Shack #26-420). The drive enclosure comes with a ''Y'' cable with a black and a red USB plug. Manual says the black plug is for data & power. It recommends plugging in the red cable too ''to ensure sufficient power gets to the device.'' So far, the drive works great with just the black cable. How can I tell if the drive is not getting enough power and I need to plug in the red cable too?It seems a standard USB port can supply up to 500 mA. My hard drive \015\012 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 \015\012 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable\011{mso-style-name:''Table Normal'';\011mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;\011mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;\011mso-style-noshow:yes;\011mso-style-parent:'''';\011mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;\011mso-para-margin:0in;\011mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;\011mso-pagination:widow-orphan;\011font-size:10.0pt;\011font-family:''Times New Roman'';\011mso-ansi-language:#0400;\011mso-fareast-language:#0400;\011mso-bidi-language:#0400;}(Toshiba MK6025GAS) rated at 4.7 watts start up and about 2.5 watts in use. 5 volts @ 500 mA = 2.5 watts so it seems one USB port woudl work (barely) except during start up. But as I noted, the drive is working fine with a jsut the black cable. I heard a rumor that the light turned red (instead of blue) if there wasn't enough power. But I can't verify that.I can't find a website for Gigaware. Maybe it's a Radio Shack-only brand? \015\012 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 \015\012 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable\011{mso-style-name:''Table Normal'';\011mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;\011mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;\011mso-style-noshow:yes;\011mso-style-parent:'''';\011mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;\011mso-para-margin:0in;\011mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;\011mso-pagination:widow-orphan;\011font-size:10.0pt;\011font-family:''Times New Roman'';\011mso-ansi-language:#0400;\011mso-fareast-language:#0400;\011mso-bidi-language:#0400;}\015

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I haven't heard that radio shack manufactures their own harddrives, I suggest that this they just distribute it from some manufacturer in Asia somewhere, where most of that stuff comes from.

If I were in your place, I wouldn't risk getting any nasty surprises somewhere down the road and would simply do as the manual suggests. You never know exactly when some problem might come up that actually needs more juice for the drive to use. If you want to find out more information about the drive, look in your hardware manager and find out exactly how it is identified, then use that information and surf the web looking for that model. Often you'll find someone that will give you a clue that this model is identical to a model from a certain other manufacturer from which you can get a manual or better hardware description.
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