Using external drive through keyboard?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by BashStreetYouth, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. BashStreetYouth macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2007
    Hi, just got a new iMac and this is probably a stupid question, but is it ok to use an external hard drive through the usb port on the new slim keyboard? The drive has it's own power supply. I mean will it be slower or cause any problems?
  2. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2007
    Alexandria, VA, USA
    Since it's powered, it might work. But even if it does... why?

    What surprises me is you're using USB at all, which tells me you likely have an older external HD. Does it support Firewire400 or 800? Your new iMac supports both, and both are faster than USB1.0 or USB2.0 and frees up those ports for other uses more common, i.e. digital cameras, game joysticks, flight controllers, and so on. Cosmetically, the Firewire cable also is attached to the back of your iMac, out of sight and less likely to tangle. Just sayin'.

  3. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006

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