Question about portable hard drives

Discussion in 'General Car Audio Discussions' started by TJ05, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. TJ05

    TJ05 Full Member

    Sorry if this isn't in the right section. I did a search but had no luck.

    For those that use a USB powered portable hard drive, do they automatically come on with the head unit when you start your car, or do you still have to manually turn them on?

    I'm using a Zen Vision media player as a portable drive and I have to turn the unit on in order for my Pioneer head unit to read the MP3 from it. It's not that bad, but sometimes it is frustrating when I forget to turn it on before starting my Jeep (I keep it locked in my glove box).

    If the portable (WD, Seagate, etc.) drives automatically come on after the head unit, then I might look to get one. If not, I might go back to a flash based drive like a thumbdrive or something.

    Thanks for the help.
  2. Ranger SVO

    Ranger SVO Full Member

    The Western Digital Passport gets its power from the USB port. So yes it does. But I will double check that. I'll hook mine back up tomorrow and get back with you. Now remember I am old amd slow, so you might have to remind me.
  3. cool9

    cool9 Full Member

    Go to forum. Get any PC question answered there.
  4. pedro quiroga

    pedro quiroga Well-Known Member

    mine powers up when i turn on my i would imagine it will with your headunit