It's mostly about power. To use some USB hub with most USB POWERED HDDs means it won't work unless you are very lucky and the USB HUB HAS ITS OWN POWER SUPPLY.
Now if the USB DRIVE is SSD or a STICK you usually find that works but the USB HDDs for decades draw about the maximum that the USB port allows so the usual USB HUB that uses USB PORT POWER should fail.
Not much mystery here.
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I'm having an issue with a Sabrenk USB Hub and my WD Elements Hard Drive. I checked that all of the ports of the USB Hub are working with my Wireless Logitech Mouse's USB receiver, but I can't plug my hard drive into either one of them and getting my laptop to read it.
Strangely, when I plug my hard drive into a laptop's USB port, it works perfectly fine! I can deduce that this isn't an issue with my USB port, nor is this an issue with my hard drive. However, the laptop is refusing to recognize my hard drive through the USB Hub.
I tried another experiment where I would plug in a regular 32GB flash drive into the USB Hub, and the laptop is also unable to recognize the device.
I don't have enough USB ports on my laptop to sustain the amount of devices I need connected to my laptop; thus, I need the USB hub. What can I do?