multiple hard drives help

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  1. sundown57 macrumors newbie

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    trying to build an external hard drive rack. What i did was take an old desktop power supply, jumped it , and used it to power 4 hard drives. Even installed a fan and an LED to remind me its on. i have an adaptor that plugs in to the data port and usb on the other end. Problem is i have to plug it into only one hard drive at a time. Is there a cable that will plug all 4 hard drives to one usb ? Like a fan out but with usb ?
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Why not just use an external USB hub?
    Your drives would be getting sufficient power, so you might be able to use a bus-powered hub, but a self-powered hub would still probably be better.
     
  3. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    Is the data port USB or SATA? Is that just a simple cable adapter?
     
  4. sundown57 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. sundown57 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Deltamac, that idea worked perfect. I bought a powered 4 port usb hub. Not only was i able to connect all 4 hard drives I also was able to add the DVD. I added a fan, on off stitch, and found a 5 volt wire to run the usb adaptor. so you only have to plug in one cord and it powers every thing up with one switch. Thanks much for the post.
     
  6. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    I'm curious - how about a picture of your creation?
     
  7. sundown57 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    lets see if i did this right
     

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  9. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Very nice use for a recycled PC. It would take up too much space for me :D
     
  10. sundown57 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i have a wife with a camera. Floor space isn't the problem LoL
     

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