usb-c that can handle 2 external hard drives? Please help!

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  1. tm0000 macrumors regular

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    I can't seem to find a usb c hub that would let me connect 2 external hard drives at the same time!
    I've read so many reviews of hubs on amazon and they can only handle 1 external hard drive at a time.

    Can someone please help?
     
  2. Jeaz macrumors 6502

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    I know you use the word hub, but are you looking for a simple USB-C hub with just additional USB ports, or a dock with display ports, charging etc?
     
  3. tm0000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I need to be able to connect an sd card and also use my external hard drives. I wouldn't have to use them all at the same time. But I would need to connect 2 external hard drives at the same time.

    Thank you for replying!

     
  4. Jeaz macrumors 6502

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    Well, there’s docks that allows you to connect several USB-hard drives but they are often a bit more expensive and the ones I know of don’t have smart card readers built in.
     
  5. tm0000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Could you please link them? It’s okay if it doesn’t have the sd card reader.

    Thanks

     
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  8. Hater macrumors 6502a

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    does your USB-C port also do thunderbolt 3? you can daisy chain TB3 drives
     
  9. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

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    Are you looking at powered or unpowered hubs? You have to remember that the hub is also providing enough current to actually power the drive in addition to connecting it. So if you want to power two drives you probably want a hub that connects to its own AC (wall) power supply.

    The exception is that if you're connecting desktop-type drives that already have their own wall AC connection, you might be able to get away with a standalone unpowered hub since it's only for the connection and not providing the power.
     
  10. tm0000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you so much for replying! I've been going crazy trying to find something that works. :(

    So, the external drives that I want to connect don't have their own AC wall power. I guess I would need a powered hub. I'd really appreciate some recommendations, please.

    I read these cables cut the internet.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CKR8DXJ/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=A21TE5CLHZDYA7&psc=1

    My main purpose is to be able to connect two external hard drives at the same time (without cutting of the internet) and I also need to be able to connect an SD card (not at the same time as the two external hard drives).

    Thank you.


     
  11. ignatius345, Oct 29, 2018
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    ignatius345 macrumors 68020

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    I'm assuming you get that answer from the Amazon Q&A? I don't know what to say -- I've been using USB devices for a long time and haven't encountered any of this "interference". I have a feeling if it was as common a problem as that dubious answer implies, we'd be hearing a lot more about this.

    Would something like this work for your purposes? https://www.amazon.com/TOTU-Ethernet-Delivery-Portable-Laptops/dp/B07FX2LW35 It seems to plug into external power so theoretically I'd imagine it could power two external drives?

    --- Post Merged, Oct 29, 2018 ---
    Oh only two hundred dollars? :rolleyes:
     
  12. tm0000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Unfortunately, that won't work. It says the following under the product description...
    "Not intended for use with high-power devices (external hard drives, iPads, etc.)"


     
  13. lukester macrumors 6502

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    If your external HD.s are powered then you should be able to use a 4 port non powered hub. I just bought a plugable 10 port powered hub that will run non powered HD.s
    It has a large power supply with it.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JEPIOOQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     

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