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problem with my external hard drive

#1Darkneo20Posted 8/30/2013 11:48:18 AM
i have a western digital WD4000ME-01 its 400gigs usb 2.0 but it refuses to work with my usb hubs that i have and i have one that connects to a wall outlet so it shouldnt be a power issue

when plugged into my new hub the light comes on the hard drive and i hear a clicking noise but it doesnt completely come on and isnt recognized untill i plug the hard drive directly into my front usb ports .........that defeats the purpose of my new hub i want the front usb to only be for my wireless mouse and game controller

can someone figure out why or tell me why my hard drive wont work with this hub

http://www.ebay.com/itm/140941815066?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

thats the hub i have
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#2Darkneo20(Topic Creator)Posted 8/30/2013 12:27:15 PM
bump
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#3El MagnificoPosted 8/30/2013 12:53:50 PM
The eBay page says that the hub can output up to 400mA, but an external drive is going to need a higher current than that. It's probably going to need at least 1000mA.
#4Darkneo20(Topic Creator)Posted 8/30/2013 1:00:53 PM
where can i get a hub that puts out that much ?
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#5El MagnificoPosted 8/30/2013 1:18:14 PM

Most places don't seem to list the output current. I'm guessing this is because most USB hubs aren't meant for powering high powered devices. In any case, I found one on Monoprice that specifically states that it provides a high enough current to power portable external drives.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?p_id=9955

It's way more expensive that the one you got from eBay, but the Monoprice one is USB 3.0 compatible and I guess you get what you pay for.