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    "Dumb" USB question

    Please don't laugh, but I have a real, newbie hardware question:
    I just bought a new Inspiron laptop. It has 2 places to plug in usb 2.0 flash drives.
    I have taken up 1 of these slots to plug in what's necessary for my wireless mouse to work.
    My problem is that I need 2 more "slots" to hopefully plug in a large, external drive I used for backups on my older desktop.

    Question: Is there some kind of adaptor that could be plugged into the 1 available slot on my laptop that would provide 2 or more slots to plug into?

    If not, can anyone suggest another solution to my plug-in problem?

    Thanks, as always, for your help.

    Dick

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    You can get a USB hub with several sockets. Note that you will need a powered hub as the laptop wont be able to provide enough power on its own. Are you sure your sockets are USB2? Most modern laptops have at least one USB3 socket. Note also that a USB3 hub is backwards compatible with USB2, giving USB2 speeds, but a USB2 hub in a USB3 socket will only give USB2 speeds,

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    How often and for how long do you need to plug in the large external hard drive?
    If for short duration, just remove the wireless mouse 'receiver' and use the two USB sockets for the hard drive, and suffer the trackpad, briefly.
    BATcher

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    Calimanco:
    Thanks for the response. This laptop has 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 sockets.
    Does that mean that 1 of the USB "cords" could be plugged into the 3.0 socket while the other 1 is plugged into the 1 remaining open socket?

    If not, can you point me with a link to an example USB hub?

    Thank you,
    Dick

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    BATcher:
    If all else fails, I'll try your suggested method.
    Thanks,
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    This one looks good, and it's $25.00:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...6480-_-Product

    It has 7 ports on it, and all are USB3; and all ports are backward compatible to previous versions of USB.

    Plug into this device all items which stay at your desk, such as your printer, external hard drive, keyboard, etc. All devices which will go with you should be plugged directly into the computer, such as your mouse.

    Most of the USB hubs I have seen have a jack in them for plugging in an external A/C adapter; but very few of them actually come with an A/C adapter. This one does. I have found that USB hubs generally work better when they have their own power source, i.e., they aren't dependent on power being provided by the USB line.
    Last edited by mrjimphelps; 2016-06-29 at 10:09.

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    Suggestion: check the Device Manager or Control Panel for a Bluetooth item [right-click the Start button]. My last 3 Notebooks that Bluetooth then I buy a Bluetooth mouse [usually a Microsoft model], frees up a USB port, quite important on my MacBook Pro that has only 2 USB ports.

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    It's likely that you have 2 plugs to provide sufficient power - 2 x USB power. Just plug it into the USB3 socket and you should get enough power - USB3 nearly = USB2 power x 2.

    cheers, Paul
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    Thank you mrjimhelps:
    That's exactly what I need; and I ordered one.
    Best,
    Dick

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