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    Connecting USB-Powered HDD to Two Devices

    Hi everyone.

    I have a Seagate Freeagent Go 500GB portable HDD that I want to connect to my Wii and my WDTV Live. I've partitioned the drive, and it works with each separately, but it would be great if I could connect it to both so I don't have to switch the cable every time.

    Most hubs seem to be designed to connect one computer to multiple devices (like HDDs), but I want to do it the other way around and connect one HDD to two hosts. Is this possible? And if so, will the HDD still receive power from the USB bus?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

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    dont use a hub !! Ever

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    Gee, thanks for your input. Very helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock23 View Post
    dont use a hub !! Ever
    So I guess the folks who use them for USB instruments would be "wrong" because you say so? Please support your blanket statement with something other than your-say-so or opinion.

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    First off a little back round about me: Learned DOS at age 5 (1985) Started on linux in 1992 and am ex head council for the FLT. I have a CISCO networking certification and A++.

    I hate to blow my own horn here but I know a thing or two about pc's


    External Hard Drives can exceed power limit of USB hub ports. I'm not saying that he might not get lucky but it depends on if he wants to risk it.


    you could try this:

    Brando HDD Dock Adds USB Hub and Stereo Speakers - HotHardware Forums

    im not responsible for data loss though :P
    Last edited by Glock23; 04-27-2010 at 01:24 PM.

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I'm certainly no expert in networking, so correct me if I'm wrong, but the Brando product seems to highlight the problem I'm facing.

    It's a dock with two USB ports built in (there's a similar product designed for my hard drive), but these ports are configured to direct data to one destination... the computer that the dock is plugged into. Am I right in thinking that a product like this would not allow me to connect two destinations (for lack of a better word) to the drive?

    Don't USB hubs only direct data in one direction? A product like the one linked below wouldn't let me stream to my Wii and my WDTV would it?

    Amazon.com: Seagate FreeAgent Go Dock+ with 3 Powered USB Ports 100563416 (White): Electronics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock23 View Post
    First off a little back round about me: Learned DOS at age 5 (1985) Started on linux in 1992 and am ex head council for the FLT. I have a CISCO networking certification and A++.

    I hate to blow my own horn here but I know a thing or two about pc's

    External Hard Drives can exceed power limit of USB hub ports. I'm not saying that he might not get lucky but it depends on if he wants to risk it.
    Did I say hard drives?

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    USB LOader Proble as well

    Hi there sorry to use your reply for this i could not find a place where i can post a new threat.
    here i go. i got a game of the my friend via the internet the game is already scrubbed (WBFS game file)
    how i have it on my desktop i want to put is on my WBFS hardrive using WBFS MAnager 3.0 i can not put it on my game to add drive (right side of WBFS manager) so i can add it to my harddrive (USB LOADER).

    I browse the file but i does not show because it only shows iso and rar files. I have tried everything. Is there a way to install an already scrubbed (WBFS file) into my WBFS Hardrive.

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    other than a switch like the link I pm'd you nothing else will work. You can't share them via usb. Now if someone ever comes up with a network "area" then you may be good to go but until then your almost sol

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    Quote Originally Posted by bravojav@gmail.com View Post
    Hi there sorry to use your reply for this i could not find a place where i can post a new threat.
    here i go. i got a game of the my friend via the internet the game is already scrubbed (WBFS game file)
    how i have it on my desktop i want to put is on my WBFS hardrive using WBFS MAnager 3.0 i can not put it on my game to add drive (right side of WBFS manager) so i can add it to my harddrive (USB LOADER).

    I browse the file but i does not show because it only shows iso and rar files. I have tried everything. Is there a way to install an already scrubbed (WBFS file) into my WBFS Hardrive.
    you need to download this:
    Wii backup Manager for Windows - GBAtemp.net

    It's called Wii Backup manager, it is like WBFS manager, but also allows you to transfer WBFS file types

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