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January 28, 2013 8:22:52 AM

Hello, I currently have a laptop media center PC its a HP pavilion D6000 I have used up all the USB 2.0 ports available :D  (it only has 4) 3 for my 3 x 2tb external hard drive... :p  1 for a powered usb hub connecting all peripherals (printer, keyboard/mouse, laptop cooler, digital spdif out)... but I still have 2 free internal sata sockets.. one from the secondary hdd drive and the other from the optical drive both of which have been removed... :p 

it also has an expansion port but it is being used as a gigabit port (it doesnt have gigabit built in)

I have used several adapters that converts usb male to sata female for use in making your own external HDDs.. but I havent seen anything that converts a sata male port to a usb female... :( 

I know they work differently but seeing that it works one way.. im just wondering if someone is selling an adapter or something that makes it work the other way around.. :??: 
January 28, 2013 8:29:43 AM

I don't think you can do it the other way around. Do any of your external HDDs have eSATA?
January 28, 2013 8:41:00 AM

mi1ez said:
I don't think you can do it the other way around. Do any of your external HDDs have eSATA?


no they dont have esata ports they are just nomeal usb 2.0 external drive.. and I really dont want to open them up and connect them directly via sata cable skipping the usb... just so that I can keep the warranty.. :) 
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January 28, 2013 9:21:01 AM

Short of more USB hubs, I don't think there's a lot you can do.
January 28, 2013 9:50:53 AM

I really doubt you need the gigabit port. anything going across the network to get/push large files is going to drag to a crawl going to those USB harddrives anyway.

If you're trying to run another harddrive just add it to the hub, the peripherals wont make it any worse. If its just some other random thing just get a hub with more Ports.

Better yet use a NAS or put the harddrives in another computer and save across files across the network.
January 28, 2013 12:17:15 PM

unksol said:
I really doubt you need the gigabit port. anything going across the network to get/push large files is going to drag to a crawl going to those USB harddrives anyway.

If you're trying to run another harddrive just add it to the hub, the peripherals wont make it any worse. If its just some other random thing just get a hub with more Ports.

Better yet use a NAS or put the harddrives in another computer and save across files across the network.


I really need the gigabit connection simply because the laptop also acts as a media server so I may be accessing one file on one external drive and writing on another at any given time from several computers. and by accessing I mean watching full hd film via network and downloading another one to another hard drive.. so gigabit is really necessary...

my laptop already serves as a NAS being on 24/7 i really dont want another computer being left on 24/7 just to extend my storage capacity

my powered hub has three extra ports but I try to make it a last resort to share a hub for my external hard drive with other devices...

thats why Im trying to figure out a use with my extra sata ports... Ive looked online probably would have to use something like this..

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-5-3-5-SATA-HDD-HARD-DRIVE-U...

and connect the usb ports to another two usb external hdd in the future or dock and internal one... :p 
then attach the esata port to the internal sata port in my laptop...

would that work? or does the usb port in the front only passes by the usb port at the back and not through the esata port..
January 28, 2013 8:45:19 PM

if you have unused internal sata ports and are seeking to expand your storage capacity just buy internal sata drives...
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