using an external HD thru a non-powered hub on MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by herenot, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. herenot macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2006
    Has anyone here have any success using an external USB drive (2.5 or 1.8 small drives) thru a hub with the Air?

    I know I could use a powered hub but I hate taking and messing about with additional power supplies when I travel.

    does anyone know of a specific model HD that works with out needing to connect directly to the one USB port but thru the hub?
  2. gcmexico macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    New York City
    I was wondering the same thing...extra wires suck!!!
  3. mackmgg macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2007
    not ALWAYS but w/ sumthin like a mba then ya they do.
  4. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    I've tried a few, just to test them out, but no success yet. I'm still using the powered hub.:cool:
  5. pgharavi macrumors regular


    Nov 25, 2004
    My Toshiba doesn't work on an un-powered hub.
  6. Ringu macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2005
    Dr Bott

    After numerous experiments, I'm now using this set up, which works without an external power supply to the USB hub.

    Dr Bott T3 USB Hub + Freecom Toughdrive.

    This set up works great and I can use the Toughdrive + iPod + USB memory key simultaneously on the T3 hub. And the Toughdrive has the bonus of having it's USB cable built-in.

    I'm sure this is to do with the Hub and not the brand of the Hard Drive. I'm pretty confident that the Dr Bott would also allow other portable drives to run eg. WD Passport.
  7. blackwind macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2008
    Yeah i did, i use the Maxtor mini4 2.5" 160GB... Work great, also faster to transfer file than my normal windows pc.... I am thinking of getting another WD passbook 320gb...

    Hope it helps
  8. herenot thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2006
    you're using this drive through a usb HUB?
  9. ViperrepiV macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2008
    in my experience, you will need a powered USB hub. I use a powered hub to sync my iphone with itunes, since 50% of my music is on my external HD (bus powered)
  10. MGLXP macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2005
    I have tried attaching a USB powered 160GB External hard drive to my MacBook Air through a non-powered hub, and it doesn't work (it doesn't even turn on). It seems like you will need a powered USB hub.

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