WD Passport Micro USB HDD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mohd4325, May 28, 2010.

  1. Mohd4325 macrumors newbie

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    I'm using the latest MacBook Pro 13". I have a 320GB WD Passport External hard drive (Micro USB) which I use as my Time Machine backup.

    The problem I'm having is that this hard drive ONLY works when connected to my MacBook Pro directly, if I connect it to a USB hub it doesn't show up. I've tried this in 3 different hubs. All powered. Most times it makes a clicking sound and other times I get an error saying this "this USB device is drawing too much power...". The same 3 hubs work when I connect my iPhones, ipads and USB memory sticks, it's just that my WD Passport hard drives refuse to work through a hub. Even my WD Elements (Mini USB) hard drive won't work through the USB hub.

    Does anyone else have this same problem or any solution? I would be highly grateful.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It simply needs more power than your hubs can provide
     
  3. Mohd4325 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    More power? The hubs I've tried are already AC powered, can you suggest a hub which is super powered as I don't want to plug/unplug wires every time I take my MacBook Pro.
     
  4. OldMike macrumors 6502

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    I'm looking for a similar hub. Does anyone know of a USB hub that meets the power requirements to power an external usb drive like the OP is using (and hopefully power an iPad as well).

    I asked a similar question in the iPad section but received no answers. I'm looking at a bunch of USB hubs online - but cannot figure out which one might work.

    Someone here must surely have a self powered USB external drive hooked to a USB hub, that works
     

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