Windows 10: Best USB Hub Choice - Run Multiple USB 3.0 Drives for Various Backups?

Discus and support Best USB Hub Choice - Run Multiple USB 3.0 Drives for Various Backups? in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; Pardon yet another, but I seem to breaking a lot of new ground this week. I bought 3x extra external drives to backup File History, Macrium and a... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by ondablade, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. ondablade Win User

    Best USB Hub Choice - Run Multiple USB 3.0 Drives for Various Backups?


    Pardon yet another, but I seem to breaking a lot of new ground this week.

    I bought 3x extra external drives to backup File History, Macrium and a manuscript writing programme I use to - the plan was a dedicated drive for each purpose. Add the all USB connecting router, general usage drive, set of headphones and printer and my old x3 port data only Kensington hub was requiring a lot of connecting and disconnecting of drives to get by.

    Which risks problems when backups are automatic, and the wrong drive is accidentally left disconnected when needed. Lots of wear to sockets etc too...

    So I bought an Anker 7-port (actually x7 data + x3 charging) hub - planning to run it from the 1,500mA USB 3.0 charging port (Asus Charge+ they call it) on my laptop with the hub's power supply disconnected. This should be easily able to handle the data ports and one charging port at once, and Anker's support said the unit had enough protection built in that either way it wasn't possible to damage or overload anything by connecting too much.

    That it just shuts down if it senses something wrong.

    It turns out however that (unlike the old Kensington unit) the Anker hub seems only to function when connected to it's own mains powered power supply - no matter how minimal the current drawn by the downstream devices.

    Which amounts unless I've got it wrong to a right PIA. The drives can't run if there's a mains power cut, disconnecting the hub from power requires first ejecting potentially x4 drives one by one on the laptop, and leaving the hub permanently powered up by its own supply adds incrementally to fire risk etc.

    How do those that know get around this sort of thing? Is there a powered multi-port charging and data hub which will run from a laptop charging port up to the limit of the available amps, but shut down if overloaded to protect the laptop's charging port?

    Thanks as ever...

    :)
     
    ondablade, Jun 8, 2018
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  2. RussDrake Win User

    USB 3.0 Drive Not Working in USB 3.0 Port

    Same on my end, Windows 10 reports drivers are up to date.

    I dare not try to run a 3.0 device (i.e. PNY thumb drive, Seagate external drive, or a Plugable 7 slot powered USB hub) in a 3.0 slot; I get an error and have to move the device to a 2.0 slot and run a scan.

    So for me, a 2.0 will work in a 3.0 slot.

    a 3.0 will work in a 2.0 slot

    a 3.0 will NOT work in a 3.0 slot.

    Did not have the problem while running Windows 7.
     
    RussDrake, Jun 9, 2018
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  3. problem ejecting hard drive connected by usb hub

    I've had this issue ever since I've upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 Pro. I've tried with various USB drives and they are all the same. I couldn't eject. However, when I plug them directly into the USB port on the PC, I am able to eject. When
    they are on the Sabrent 4 port USB 3.0 hub, I can't without ejecting the whole hub.
     
    morissen3k8conan, Jun 9, 2018
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