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2 external hard drives at once?

#1 Post by czukuczuku » Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:34 am

Hello everyone! i have question concerning safety of hardware. I have older vaio laptop, like 7 years old, and i would like to connect two external 2.5 inches hdds, and then copy a lot of data from one external to another external drive (one port is usb 3.0 and other 2.0). But i was wondering is it not dangerous for motherboard or other elements of computer, as it will need to power up 2 ext. hdds and then copy data for few houres... or im too sensitive and everything should be fine? thank you very much and wish you great day!

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Re: 2 external hard drives at once?

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:59 am

If you're worried about the USB ports not having enough power, you can use a powered USB 3.0 hub and plug both external drives to it..
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Re: 2 external hard drives at once?

#3 Post by nataliakuch85 » Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:20 pm

The usb 3.0 drive works in most cases without a problem on port 2.0

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Re: 2 external hard drives at once?

#4 Post by czukuczuku » Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:35 am

i worry that motherboard can be damaged becouse hdd's will drain lot of power from usb sockets...

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Re: 2 external hard drives at once?

#5 Post by dr_st » Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:10 pm

czukuczuku wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:35 am
i worry that motherboard can be damaged becouse hdd's will drain lot of power from usb sockets...
This sounds very baseless. If a motherboard cannot supply power, the devices will simply not work. I have not heard of a single case where anything was damaged in such a scenario.
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Re: 2 external hard drives at once?

#6 Post by unixed » Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:22 am

czukuczuku wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:35 am
i worry that motherboard can be damaged becouse hdd's will drain lot of power from usb sockets...
It has protection against this.

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Re: 2 external hard drives at once?

#7 Post by czukuczuku » Fri Apr 24, 2020 3:49 am

ok, thank you:)

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Re: 2 external hard drives at once?

#8 Post by cadillacmike68 » Sat May 23, 2020 7:12 pm

I connect 2 or 3 external USB HDDs (all 2.5" drives) and one or two USB Flash drives to these T61s all the time. That's how I do my backup & transfers. Back up (replicate) off the main system and then connect the HDD or thumb drive to the spare systems and replicate to the 2nd or 3rd (or 4th...) computer.
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