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USB Hub for Win 10

I am trying to find a USB Hub (4-5 port) for my new Surface Pro...most of the hubs I have found say do not work with Win 10, per user reviews. Any suggestions for ones that might work?

Thanks greatly,
Amy

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That's news to me.

In reply to: USB Hub for Win 10

I do find that products might not list Windows 10 or Linux but work anyway. What does not work is when you take an unpowered hub and plug in USB Hard DIsk Drives. That's not a Windows 10 issue. These hubs are for low power things like memory sticks and mice.

I can see why folk would write they don't work.

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Devices to attach

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I need to be able to plug in external drives (up to 1tb), CD drive, thumb drives, my phone, other things like that. Are you saying a hub won't work for these?

Any other suggestions?

Thanks again....

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Hard drives take the maximum power on a single USB port.

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So to support this you need a powered HDD. The CD drive might need more power than what will be shared so it's iffy too. This is not a Windows 10 issue. Just a power issue.

There's more. Some folk report on some machines the laptop must be on mains power for USB HDDs to function. Again, this is more of a power issue and not a Windows issue.

Thumb drives are very low power. I've seen a dozen plugged into USB hubs with no issue. A phone might not charge on such or charge slower due to how hubs must share power to all those ports.

It's a shame those that sell these don't know.

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