View Full Version : 3 external hardrive solution required

13-02-2010, 03:54 PM
With the death of my previous computer, it has finally allowed for a new computer (Compaq CQ3140AN). But it doesn't have many USB ports.

Currently I have three external drives, two standard drives (I believe - don't know how to open the Maxtor enclosure) and one eSATA drive all connected via USB.

I am wondering what solutions I may be able to use to free up USB connectors? As it is, I can't sync up my mobile phone to the PC because it has no USB port connection (and I don't have Bluetooth - to my knowledge).

Any solution ideas would be most welcome.

Speedy Gonzales
13-02-2010, 03:57 PM
You could use hubs but some USB devices dont like them. Or install some PCI USB cards, if there are slots in the case. And you can buy BT adapters. Just make sure you get one thats got drivers for your version of windows. And compatible with your version of windows

13-02-2010, 04:06 PM
Would the hub need to be powered?

Speedy Gonzales
13-02-2010, 04:07 PM
Probably, you would soon find out. The hdd wont appear in windows, if you dont connect it to power. Altho I think most come with power supplies

13-02-2010, 04:11 PM
So this one maybe?

DSE USB 2.0 Hub 7 Port Powered (http://search.dse.co.nz/search?p=R&srid=S2%2d2&lbc=dse&w=USB%20Hub&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2edse%2eco%2enz%2fdse%2eshop% 2f%5fsessionid%5f%2fProduct%2fView%2fXH5800&rk=1&uid=303212226&sid=9&ts=dse&rsc=QsCJWdtbNuVDY0PA&method=and&isort=score&sessionid=4b7617b2040b3dfc2740c0a87f3b06ba), from Dick Smith Electronics?

Or something better?

Speedy Gonzales
13-02-2010, 04:18 PM
Any USB 2 hub should do. They all do the same thing

13-02-2010, 04:19 PM
Cheers for the fast reponse now to see if I can get it lol

Speedy Gonzales
13-02-2010, 04:23 PM
Only thing with that hub someone has written a review

Pros: externally powered, 7 ports, ports on front and rear

Cons: ports close together

My only gripe with this hub was the ports are too close, so sometimes I have to leave an unused port between items (such as ipod shuffle).

So you may not be able to use all of them, depending on how many devices youre going to plug into it