Using the USB port on the back of an external drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Spikeanator6982, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. Spikeanator6982 macrumors 6502

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    OK..i know this is a wierd question but hey..

    I want to get/use a EyeTv 250 plus, but the requirements say usb 2.0, which I do not have on my computer. I would assume 1.1 wont be fast enough. I have an external hard drive connected to my computer using FW 400. can I use the USB port on the external hd to hook up the eyetv? the port is USB 2.0. all i would need is an adapter bc the port is a usb "b" port. will this work?

    the manual i got witht the drive says "you may only have one computer interface directly connected to the drive at a time. ......" and the eyetv wouldnt be a computer interface would it? as its only an input device, and u can daisey chain other things to the drive with fw. so..I am pretty sure it woul work..but i dont want to go and get teh adapter and my hopes up without having this work.

    any ideas?
     
  2. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    No, you can't use the USB at the same time as Firewire.
    But USB 2.0 PCI cards are dirt cheap on eBay - I bought 3 for $3.00 each plus shipping - they all work. The ones I bought use the VIA chipset.

    PS - Oh, I see you have an eMac - I don't know if you have PCI slots -- sorry.
     
  3. Spikeanator6982 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    and..how would i hook them up to my emac?
     
  4. itickings macrumors 6502a

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    As gsahli correctly stated, it won't work.

    With an old eMac, I figure your only option would be to get an Firewire-based tuner.
     

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