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Hard Drives 106: Phantom Power


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Being that it’s nearly Halloween, I figure I’d write a little piece about Phantom Power, the ghoulishly invisible power that helps your external hard drive operate without wires.

It works by siphoning off power like a vampire from the computer itself. Have you ever wondered why you can just plug your thumb drive into the USB port on your computer and it will light up and function without an electrical source? This too is the phantom power.

Also, any drive that does not require a plug is also operating off of this type of power, now ubiquitous in this modern age. For more info on hard drives please enjoy reading my series. Also, if you have a subject you want to know about that may pertain to my part of the world, please let me know and I will do my best to address it in a timely manner. Thank you and good night. I am off. I have jack-o-lanterns to carve.

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