I’m considering purchasing a pair of WD My Book 4 TB USB 3.0 external hard drives to use with my Mid-2011 iMac (which has only USB 2.0 ports).
I’m going to be a bit short on USB ports, so I was planning on attaching them to the iMac via a 7-port, 12V 3A powered USB 3.0 hub. Obviously I woudn’t get the USB 3.0 speeds, but I’m sure I’ll be upgrading hardware within the lifetime of these drives… ;¬)
My only concern is that in the description of the powered USB hub I was planning on buying (an Anker USpeed) it says “Some USB 3.0 devices require a direct connection to host USB 3.0 ports. (eg: Superdrive and some WD hard drives)”
Now I know the official line from WD is very likely to be “Don’t use hubs - plug in directly,” and that’s fine. But before I splash out, I wondered if anyone had any practical experience of running this particular external hard drive through a powered hub? Am I likely to run into problems?
Any advice greatefully received.