not enough usb's, any ideas?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by aaronandrews, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. aaronandrews macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    I store my iTunes library on an external hard drive that needs 2 USB plug-ins to work (one for information, one for power). I've also heard that my 30 GB iPod Touch doesn't support a firewire connection these days, so I've got to use a USB connection for it too.

    The problem: there are only 2 USB ports on my MacBook Pro.

    Does anyone have any ideas on how to sync my iPod?

    Thanks a ton,
    aaron
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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  3. Slix macrumors 6502a

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    If you just need to sync it, you can use the keyboard ports, I believe. That won't charge it though.
     
  4. mchad macrumors member

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    keyboard ports...what are you talking about?
     
  5. Eric. macrumors regular

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    Sometimes external HDDs will work fine without having both plugs. Otherwise, like they said above, you'll need to track down an external powered USB-hub.
     
  6. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    The Apple wired keyboard has 2 usb ports on them. Slix didn't notice that the OP was using a MBP which obviously doesn't have keyboard ports.

    OP, it seems like the best way around it is to get a powered usb hub as other people have mentioned.
     
  7. Slix macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, I did miss that.
    You could use a separate keyboard the same way, or you only other option is a hub like mentioned already.
     
  8. aaronandrews thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone, I'll go hunt down a powered hub!
     
  9. Googlyhead macrumors 6502

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    Another option; Could you not supply power to the HD from another source? eg. use an iPod charger for the powered USB side when you want to sync, thus freeing up a port for the iPod?
    Cheaper if you already have an iPod charger.
    I'm assuming there is no other power input to the HDD here for some reason..?
     

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