Iomega External Hard Drive

  Honorary Aussie 15:59 05 Aug 2008

I am using this kit to store my personal files, photos etc. My PC is a Toshiba A200 laptop with 2 USB ports, running on Vista Home Premium.

I find that the PC 'sees' the EHD only when both its leads are attached to the 2 USB ports. Therefore, I cannot use any other peripherals at the same time, such as a printer or my wireless mouse - a real pain when using the built-in pointer to transfer pix. I have tried several USB hubs and also a separate USB power supply (both via the hubs and direct to the EHD), to no avail.

Anyone got any clues as to a way around this?

  Ditch999 16:46 05 Aug 2008

Does your EHD have its own power supply or a socket to plug a power supply in to?

Sorry but any reference to a Tosh Sat A200 I find lists it as having 4 USB ports (2 on the right and 2 on the left)

You could always add an Expresscard USB adapter click here
There are cheaper 2 port ones about

  PalaeoBill 18:24 05 Aug 2008

This is a common problem with certain laptops, the USB ports on my Dell Inspiron have the same problem they just don't put out enough power for the drive via a single USB port.
I use a Trust EasyConnect 4 port HUB with its external PSU and it all works fine.

  Honorary Aussie 14:08 10 Aug 2008

The laptop definitely only has 2 USB ports! The model is A200 1VO.

Thanks for the hub info, I'll look them up.

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