can using a USB hub to transfer stuff from one external hard drive to another fry my Surface Pro?
- Laurence ILv 72 months ago
a usb hub requires POWER that power must come from its own external supply. you cannot keep adding extra devices without connecting a power supply to it otherwise that might melt whatever pc/tablet it is plugged into.
- 2 months ago
A computer would have to be present to transfer the data between drives.
You could hook both drives to a usb hub and then hook the hub up go the surface pro which through that computer you would have to manually transfer the files
- daniel gLv 72 months ago
No,,I do that all the time.
- don rLv 72 months ago
..............I don't think so.
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- stan lLv 72 months ago
- VPLv 72 months ago
Are you asking BEFORE you try it?
Or, did something happen and you're trying to find the culprit?
- Robert JLv 72 months ago
Not if it is a powered hub (or the drives themselves are individually powered).
Trying to run two USB powered hard drives through an unpowered hub is likely to overload the PC / tablet USB port - though that's supposed to be allowed for with USB sockets and it should work normally again once the overload is removed.
- MarvinatorLv 72 months ago
Since your Surface Pro is not supplying power to the external HDDs you shouldn't see any problems.
- champerLv 72 months ago
No. In fifteen characters.
- Lord BaconLv 72 months ago
No. Your Surface Pro should be unaffected by this perfectly normal operation of transferring data via USB ports.