External HD Connected to Monitor

Lone Wolf

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I wanted to know if I am able to hook an external HD to a usb port on a monitor and use that for Time Machine backups. Im trying to figure out a way to not have to plug/unplug the hd to my MB. Thanks
 

snaky69

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I wanted to know if I am able to hook an external HD to a usb port on a monitor and use that for Time Machine backups. Im trying to figure out a way to not have to plug/unplug the hd to my MB. Thanks
You'll plug and unplug the USB port from the monitor into your MBP, you'd be back to square one.

A NAS would probably be your best bet.
 

Lone Wolf

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Thanks for the help. This type of setup is new to me. I had a 27" Imac for the last 10 years and am now moving to the MBP. I want a 24" 4K monitor but I'm looking for a one cable solution for charging..connecting to the monitor and having my backup drive connected. Looks like a USB-C hub is the best option.
 

Stephen.R

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There are only two 24” 4K displays on the market (a dell and an lg) neither of which support USB-c natively. But a USB (or TB3) “dock” would do what you want.

For reference I have 2 of those same dells, and they work pretty well.
 

Stephen.R

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I believe that’s due to how USB-c does alternate mode (which is likely related to the bandwidth required for a 4K DisplayPort signal). Remember that USB-c charge cables also limit data speeds to 2.0 spec.

For 3.0+ speeds I believe you’ll need either a TB3 display or a display with a separate USB connection to the host (or hub/dock)