Question about SimpleTech SimpleDrive Portable USB 2.0 60GB 5400rpm 480Mbps USB 2.0 USB 2.0 External (STIUSB2560FT) Hard Drive

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When hooking up my 120 Gb external hard drive to my laptop, I noticed there was an additional power supply required, DC by the look of it. I can't seem to find the correct size of outlet, or even an adapter. Could you tell me what the exact power cord voltage would be & possibly direct me to a major chain or website where I might buy a new one?

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The SimpleTech SimpleDrive Portable external hard drive features a USB 2.0 interface for speed and plug-and-play connectivity. The hard drive is USB -powered, so no extra power supply is needed.

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Posted on Jul 16, 2011

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