not enough usb's, any ideas?

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

  1. aaronandrews macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2010
    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,
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
  3. Slix macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2010
    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

    Aug 31, 2010
    keyboard ports...what are you talking about?
  5. Eric. macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2008
    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


    Aug 17, 2007
    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 65816


    Mar 24, 2010
    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

    Sep 18, 2010
    Thanks everyone, I'll go hunt down a powered hub!
  9. Googlyhead macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2010
    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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