Multi port Adapter Problem

inmnbob

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Aug 6, 2014
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Chicago and Twin Cities
I got my new 1.3 MacBook yesterday and everything worked well by restoring it from the time capsule via Ethernet. To accomplish this I purchased the Multiport adapter which worked well to power my device and connect the Ethernet cable.

I ran into a problem however when I tried to connect my USB SSD. It didn't work with the Multiport but did work with another USB A to C adapter. Thoughts? Is it a bad Multiport or a limitation?
 

inmnbob

macrumors regular
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Aug 6, 2014
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Chicago and Twin Cities
I found that if the adapter is plugged into the computer and then I try to plug in the drive the drive isn't recognized but does get power. If I connect the drive to the adapter first and then plug the adapter into the rMB then the drive is recognized.
 

Dayv

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Aug 18, 2009
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I found that if the adapter is plugged into the computer and then I try to plug in the drive the drive isn't recognized but does get power. If I connect the drive to the adapter first and then plug the adapter into the rMB then the drive is recognized.
Interesting. Maybe it makes a determination when the adapter is connected as to how much power to divert to it?
 

pacmania1982

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Nov 19, 2006
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Birmingham, UK
I've plugged in a 2.5" external (platter) drive into the multiport adapter and it worked as expected. I don't have any USB-C cables to try anything else with, but I know it supplies enough power for this drive.