I have a 3.5" Vantec external HDD enclosure. Its AC/DC power brick died recently. No catastrophe, it just wouldn't turn on anymore.
Even with a (small but known?) brand name like Vantec I was leery of the power brick, and the failure now again made me wonder.
Seemingly in these enclosures the power adapter is practically the only thing between the HDD and the mains.
I suppose poor adapters would offer little protection, and as far as I can tell there's very little going on on enclosure SATA/USB adapter PCBs.
Looking for a new enclosure now, this Seatay HD625
seems interesting. I like the idea of up-and-coming Chinese companies that actually have a brand name and a site. Seatay even replied to my question about the enclosure controller chip (JMS578 they say), so they get bonus points.
But the power adapter isn't confidence inspiring, assuming it even comes supplied from them.
What do you think, any way to be sure an AC/DC adapter won't fry one's HDD? Or where do you find trustworthy alternatives?