1.    24 Feb 2017 #1
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    Problem with Flash Drives and My External Hard Drive


    I apologize if this is not in the right forum, but I am having a problem with using flash drives and my external hard drive. While saving files (like doing a back up) my computer which is an HP Notebook, the system will just drop the drive and then will find it again, and drop it again, and find it again - over and over. I am not able to finish my back ups. Can anyone help?
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  2.    24 Feb 2017 #2
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    Crewe Cheshire
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    Anything else on usb ports could be a power problem?
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  3.    24 Feb 2017 #3
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    The two ports in question I use also for running my laptop cooler fan while I am gaming as well as my mouse, and that never has a problem. If you mean power to the ports that is?
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  4.    24 Feb 2017 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by FedoraMan View Post
    The two ports in question I use also for running my laptop cooler fan while I am gaming as well as my mouse, and that never has a problem. If you mean power to the ports that is?
    If'n it twere me I'd get a Self-Powered USB Hub, either USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 depending upon your devices, will eliminate the power issue. Should give 4 ports but there's some with more.
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  5.    24 Feb 2017 #5
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    Ac adapter supplying power where needed to an external usb hub containing four or more usb ports -- a very good idea! I've also been doing that for some time now.
    Last edited by RolandJS; 25 Feb 2017 at 08:57.
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  6.    02 Mar 2017 #6
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    Thank you all for your responses. I figured out the problem on my own. I have a USB powered Opolar cooler for my laptop, and every time it kicks on, it disrupts all other ports. Unplugging that while doing back-ups resolved the issue. I hope this at least helps anyone else with a similar problem. Thanks again.
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