Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Can a USB Hub corrupt hard drives?

    Member Since
    Apr 26, 2013
    Posts
    3
    Unhappy Can a USB Hub corrupt hard drives?
    Hi There Mac Forums,

    I just starting using a Belkin Mobile HighSpeed 2.0 7 Power Hub with my 2013 MacBook Pro Retina Display (Mountain Lion 10.8.3) and 24" cinema display. The hub is plugged into the power outlet and the cinema display.

    Last week, one of my two back up hard drives (WD MyPassport 500gig) took a nose dive, but it corresponded exactly with lending it to a friend who has a PC, so I chalked it up to a cross platform issue. (Was able to eventually get the important stuff off with Data Resuce 3).

    Just now, the second hard drive (MyPassport 1T) gave me the same heart-wrenching message. Something like: Drive not readable by this computer... Initialize? Eject? Ignore?" Ugh!

    Since this drive has not been anywhere new, I have narrowed it down to the next suspect... the USB hub. Can that be? Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? And if so, Is there anything to do beside toss the hub and hope to be able to recover the HD's. Also, will the HD's work again or are they no longer trust-worthy.

    Many thanks for any help or advice!

  2. #2
    Can a USB Hub corrupt hard drives?
    Raz0rEdge's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 17, 2009
    Location
    MA
    Posts
    8,184
    Specs:
    27" i7 iMac, 24" iMac, 13" Macbook Air, iPhone 5 & 5S, iPod Nano 7th Gen, iPad 2 16GB WiFi, iPad 3
    Plug the HDD directly into your MBP to isolate the issue to the hub. If it works when connected to the MBP, then the hub might be failing and thus sending invalid/incorrect/insufficient information from the HDD for OS X to be happy with.
    --
    Regards
    ...Ashwin



    Be sure to read the Community Guidelines | The more information you provide, the better answers you get, remember GIGO.

  3. #3
    Can a USB Hub corrupt hard drives?

    Member Since
    Apr 26, 2013
    Posts
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    Plug the HDD directly into your MBP to isolate the issue to the hub. If it works when connected to the MBP, then the hub might be failing and thus sending invalid/incorrect/insufficient information from the HDD for OS X to be happy with.
    Thanks for your response Raz0rEdge! Yes, I already plugged both HD's into the mac but I get the same message about not being able to read them... that's why I was wondering if the hub could be corrupting them all together?

  4. #4
    Can a USB Hub corrupt hard drives?
    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Location
    Modesto, Ca.
    Posts
    28,479
    Specs:
    iMac late 2007 10.11.b4, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!
    It could be something with the USB Hub. Heard of that happening before. I have an older Belkin 7-Port but have never had issues with it. Yours sounds like a newer one. With 2 drives doing the same thing right after that Hub was put into use would sure make me wonder!

  5. #5
    Can a USB Hub corrupt hard drives?
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    45,244
    Specs:
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    And then again, you might just have had two hard drive failures having nothing to do with the hub. I've seen a lot of Western Digital Passport drives fail and usually avoid them when in the market for an external hard drive. You might want to contact WD if those drives are in warranty (WD warranty is 3 years) and get a RMA for both of them. WD will replace the drives.

  6. #6
    Can a USB Hub corrupt hard drives?

    Member Since
    Apr 26, 2013
    Posts
    3
    It seems like it might actually be the USB hub. Maybe too much power coming from the outlet? After i reformatted the first failed drive it was in working order when plugged into the MBP. To test, I plugged it back into the hub and it stopped working. Plugged it back in to the MBP and the disk mounted again. I never knew this could be an issue. Any any event, thanks for all the advice!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. OS X Lion will not read external hard drives and USB flash drives
    By tompam in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 71
    Last Post: 04-21-2012, 01:16 AM
  2. USB-hub-trouble (hard-drives etc not working in some "ports")
    By vidarski in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-26-2011, 06:34 PM
  3. Portable Hard Drive not working with USB Hub?
    By bestmbp15 in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-31-2010, 05:24 PM
  4. Need hub advice, 2 hard drives
    By fleurya in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-02-2007, 04:09 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •