Not Reading Peripherals - i-rocks IR-4100 4-Port USB Hub
When I plug in my external drive and my clip drive into the i-rocks USB hub, the hub doesn't read / see them. When I plug the peripherals into the computer tower itself, they show up.
This is the second time I've had this problem. The first time, I just bought a new hub, and have used this current one for several years.
However, it seems that i-rocks hubs simply give up after a few years. I'd like a recommendation on a higher quality brand than i-rocks.
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If your looking for a good quality USB hub, i would go with a Belkin.
They do cost more than most other hubs, but from the 8 years i have been at my retail store, they have had the lowest return rate of all that I have sold.
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If you're using USB for power then you either need a powered USB hub or the device must connect directly to the computer's USB port bypassing the hub.
If the USB hub doesn't plug in to the wall socket then it is not a powered hub. Basic USB hubs do not supply power to devices or charge an external device like a cell phone. The hub must be of the powered variety and plug into the wall before you can use it for things like this.
TIP: Get two USB hubs, one powered and one not. If you're using a USB hub for anything other than connecting a flash drive or your wireless keyboard and mouse receiver, get a powered one. Doing so allows you to charge multiple devices through USB and it will provide power to other peripherals like a laptop cooling pad, external hard drives, etc.
Windows Key-E will bring up windows explorer which should show your list of available drives.
If this doesn't show your CD drive then try removing CD from drive. Does the disc tray open?
If so then reboot system without disc and try the above method to find cd-drive.
If this doesn't work you may need to involve more hands on trouble-shooting.
Small travel hubs use power from the Notebook's USB port, the issue you are experiencing is "most likely" caused by there not being sufficient power output to allow all devices to run successfully - the following devices should be connected directly to the notebook:
* External hard drives * Printers
If the issue occurs with Mouse, USB Key / Dongle Drives, Keyboard then the issue is either a faulty peripheral ( the mouse/ Key etc) of with the Dongle itself.
Most likely your USB hub is not capable of supplying enough power to support all your peripheral devices. USB devices are powered by 5 volts from the USB port. If you connect a hub to a USB port and connect a lot of devices to the hub, there is not enough 5 volt power to let all devices work. To fix this, most USB hubs have an external power option that when plugged in will supply extra power for any connected devices. If your hub does not have an external power option I would suggest you purchase a new hub that does have an external power supply.
If they are clicking it is because there is not enough power coming from the USB ports on your computer. If they don't have an external power source they will each need to be plugged into their own 2 separate USB 2.0 ports, they will not run on USB 1.0 as they won't get the power they need. Laptops tend to have more power robust USB ports than desktops. Hitachi supplies those drives with a pigtail adapter as they are power hungry. You can go down and get the external power supply for the drive and it will solve your problem as well. Or get a powered type USB hub, that has an external power adaptor that van power peripherals They will not run off an unpowered USB hub.
These USB external drives doesn't need any drivers at all if you have windows 2000/xp/vista, I suggest you to try some other USB ports if the one you tried doesn't work. Or if you are using an USB hub than try it out without it, and maybe a different or shorter cable could be the solution if it's still not good. If after all this the drive is still wrong try it out on a different PC and see what'll happen.
Probably a power issue. Your new computer has less extra power capacity and the external drive is pulling from the USB port power.
What you need is a USB hub with an AC adapter that powers the hub and any devices that are connected to it from the external AC power adapter and NOT from the USB bus. In other words look for an external power adapter that plugs into the wall as well as into the USB port. Don't get a recharger for an iPOD as that will not do you any good. And don't get a hub that says "powered" or "external power" that does not have an AC power adapter because it is still sucking power off of the USB port.
Try shopping for a D-Link DUB-H4 High Speed USB 2.0 4-Port Hub. It is a good choice if you are not going to plug any USB 1.1 devices into it. Read the reviews for any device you choose.