Question USB Power issue

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I have a Seagate Expansion 1TB HDD which I've had since the first year of university (about 4 years ago). It worked fine until I got a Powered USB Hub by Advent (a cheap one from Currys PC world).

Because I hadn't used the drive in nearly a year, there was an issue which I managed to solve until I got the hub.

Initially I could use the drive with or without the hub, but about a year ago the drive decided that it would only spin up and boot when plugged into the hub and not the laptop directly. I tried all four ports on the laptop but no luck.

I then tried plugging my phone into the usb ports to no avail. I then tried one more thing which was to disconnect the power supply from the hub while it was connected my laptop. I now think it's a Usb power issue with the laptop.

It hasn't been a problem until now, as I only used my laptop and the peripherals at home, but now that I've gone to do my masters, which I need the drive for, it has become a problem, as I don't want to have to keep unplugging everything and taking the hub with me.

I make music and am studying my masters in Electronic Music Production and need my hard drive as a result.

Does anybody have any idea as to what can be done to rectify this?

Cheers in advance,

Isaiah.


Medion Erazer P6679
Intel Core I5 7200U
8GB RAM
1TB 3.5" Seagate internal HDD
Windows 10
 
Sep 27, 2022
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Did you try an Y cable like this?

If you think that the single USB 3.0 port has a power issue, a cable like this should fix the problem.



https://exinoz.com/products/exinoz-ultra-fast-usb-3-0-y-cable-seagate-expansion-1tb-2tb-samsung-m3-toshiba-wd-elements-external-hard-drive
Hi!

No, I haven't tried that yet, but I'll look into it and see if it works. The problem unfortunately happens on all four of the Laptop's USB ports which is what made me think that, but I'll try this.
 
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Or with the same money you can move your HDD to a new USB 3.0 enclosure like this

https://www.amazon.com/ORICO-External-Enclosure-Tool-Free-Support/dp/B07R9HVZMX?th=1
Thanks for the suggestion but the drive is a Seagate Expansion external hard drive, very similar to this one (it's just 1tb instead of 2) - https://a.co/d/fKrfFJm

As for moving it to a new case, this probably won't work, as like I mentioned, my phone won't charge when plugged directly into the laptop.

I appreciate this though.
 

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