This may be a stupid question but...

Does the plugable hard drive station (Item model number: USB3-SATA-U3) need to be plugged in to AC power to work? My purchase of this item hinges on how mobile it is. If I need to find a power outlet every time I use it then I don’t want it. If it draws power from the USB, then I am in


Hi Matt,

Thanks for posting your question here! The Plugable USB3-SATA-U3 SATA Hard Drive Docking Station requires the AC power adapter to be plugged and powering the unit in order to work. It will not work on bus power. Sorry about that!

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