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Daisy chain two external drives via Firewire, then connect one via USB to the TC?

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Jan 20, 2013 11:21 AM

Hi,

 

I have two external drives that have both Firewire and USB ports. My 1st generation 500 gb Time Capsule (maybe all of them?) only has USB ports so up til now, I have connected one or the other drive via USB. (I've tried to connect both to a powered USB hub but one drive has problems showing up. At this point I only use the one drive that shows up and connect it directly with no hub to the Time Capsue.)

 

My question is: Can I daisy chain the two drives via Firewire and then connect one of them (probably the one that has no problems connecting with USB) to the Time Capsule via USB?

 

Second, somewhat-related problem...

I don't know why one drive isn't connecting very well when directly connected to the Time Capsule. Both are Fantom drives. One is a 1TB, the one that has prblems connecting is a 250GB. I've tried connecting directly or through a powered hub. The 1B has no problems, the 250 gb won't show up most of the time and disconnects itself fairly quickly if it does connect. I've switched cables; that hasn't helped. The 1TB stays connected most of the time but sometimes it disconnects too. I suspect the Time Capsule just isn't able to deal with external drives so I don't puch it. It would be nice to be able to have both drives accessable through the TC though.

 

Thanks for any help.

 

Cheers,

 

John

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 15" Quad core, 2.0/500/8
  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,570 points)
    My question is: Can I daisy chain the two drives via Firewire and then connect one of them (probably the one that has no problems connecting with USB) to the Time Capsule via USB?

     

    It might work depending on the capabiliites of your hard drives. Some hard drives may inactivate the FireWire port when the USB port is active, so you may need to use USB all the way through.

     

    While theoretically FireWire is the faster connection, in the real world the USB port on the Time Capsule will limit everything to about half the speed of a normal USB port on a computer.

     

    It would be nice to be able to have both drives accessable through the TC though.

    Did you try a powered USB hub? Some drives require more power and the USB port on the TC tends to be under powered. It would be a good idea to use a powered hub...even if you only have one hard drive connected.....to limit the stress on the TC power supply.

  • edex67 Level 4 Level 4 (3,235 points)

    Incidentally, you can daisy-chain USB (although not with the Extreme). Keyboards with USB hubs in them work like this, you can attach these to USB hubs and then you have a chain. Some USB drives also have ports on them.

    No, it shouldn't make any difference what order you turn them on.

    Have you tried checking the drive for errors? As stupid as it might sound, Extremes seem especially sensitive to "slightly" corrupted drives.

  • edex67 Level 4 Level 4 (3,235 points)

    Well, you *should* be able to daisy chain, but it doesn't work for me (multiple hubs on 1 Extreme/TC is a bit iffy). Extreme = TC as far as the USB port goes.

    The hub should be okay, but you could always check on your MBP.

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