USB powered external hard drives

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Eric Hoffman
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USB powered external hard drives
Mar 2, 2013

Are they as reliable as an external hard drive that has a power cord to plug into a wall outlet? Or is there no difference?

I'm looking at getting a couple of external hard drives and have been checking out different offerings from on line retailers.

The specs I'm looking for are 2T, usb 3.0 backwards compatible to 2.0 (all I have are 2.0 devices).

It seems that the usb powered drives are slightly more expensive than the ones that plug into the wall for the same size capacity. Is this because of the convenience of not having to deal with a power plug?

In short, I guess I'm asking if there are any downsides to the usb powered drives?

Thanks,

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