I probably already know the answer to this question but I thought I'd see if any of you have tried this. I bought an external drive enclosure and put a 320 GB laptop drive in it. I transferred 250 or so movies to it and it works flawlessly. However, the cable is full size USB to full size USB with an extra USB dongle on one end for supplying more power to the drive if need be. I don't anticipate ever needing it. The little case I bought for the A500 holds everything I need but space is at a premium. The hard drive itself fits like a champ but the cable has just a shade too much bulk (It's longer than I had hoped). Had anyone ever cut that extra dongle off with any success? I have a feeling you can but as soon as I do, I'll have transformed a working cable into a non-working one I may try it and if it doesn't work, I'll just go and get a shorter cable.