non powered usb hub ok for portable usb powered harddrive?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Burtonsnow9, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. Burtonsnow9 macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2008
    ok i just got a seagate 250gb freeagent go harddrive and a vx revolution mouse and the hd needs 2 usb ports since its usb powered and the mouse needs a usb port for its receiver so i need a usb hub.

    i got the portable drive to be portable so i want a usb hub that doesnt need a power source.

    is it ok to run the harddrive on a hub that isnt powered? and if so, does anyone have a recomendation of one, preferably from best buy.
  2. cyclingplatypus macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2007
    Most likely that drive wont even mount off a non-powered hub.
  3. Burtonsnow9 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2008
    so how should i go about keeping that drive portable? anyone else have some input?
  4. UnknownVariable, Jul 2, 2008
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2010
  5. PLin macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2003
    Does your drive use a USB Y-cable? If so, one of the connectors is used for power and the other for data. You could try to plug one connector into the hub and the other connector directly to the Mac. If it doesn't work, try swapping the connectors. Some drives that require two USB ports don't use a Y-cable but have a separate USB cable with a DC connector on the end. Then you can plug that cable directly to the Mac and the data USB cable to the hub.
  6. Burtonsnow9 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2008
    thanks i'll have to try that and hopefully it will work!

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