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the pc has 3 usb slots, but i have 6 that needs.. so i keep taking one off and putting back.. i am concerned the usb holding place will give out soon.

can you recomend a good product where i can have usb extended and have all 6 plugged?
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by:Mohit Vijay
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I am using this one from last many moths, no issues. its very good design and specs

http://www.amazon.co.uk/DIGIFLEX-COMPACT-MULTI-EXPANSION-SPLITTER/dp/B002SUFC80

of you can try with the manufacture of your laptop also.
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by:25112
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i need it for 3.0.. would you suggest the below as ok for general use? (to buy in usa)
http://www.amazon.com/Anker%C2%AE-Bus-Powered-4-Port-Compact-Built/dp/B00B7FOQCK
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by:jcimarron
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25112 --
See the answer from ANKER Team on this site
http://www.amazon.com/portable-non-powered-Digital-Passport-external/forum/Fx3KOB5EZTHR688/Tx2YI0MHI79K7A9/1/ref=cm_cd_dp_aar_al_a?_encoding=UTF8&asin=B00B7FOQCK

If a hub is not powered (plugged into a power source other than the USB port on a PC/Laptop) there is the chance that four external devices cannot be used simultaneously.  It depends on the power draw of the external devices.

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http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Internet_Email/Anti-Virus/Q_28299641.html#a39666734  ?
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by:25112
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jcimarron, good eye- thanks. is that problem with any usb hub that can go with or just this brand? any general suggestions abt this?
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by:jcimarron
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25112--
"It depends on the power draw of the external devices."
If you will only use one or two devices at the same time, the Anker hub may work.  At least it may solve your problem of having to plug and unplug devices all the time.  
But best to buy a powered usb hub if you want to use all external devices simultaneously.
https://www.google.com/search?q=powered+usb+hub&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-Address&ie=&oe=&rlz=#q=powered+usb+3.0+hub&rls=com.microsoft:en-US%3AIE-Address
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by:garycase
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You ABSOLUTELY do NOT want to use a passive hub => as jcmarron noted above, a powered hub will ensure that there is ample power for all connected devices.

Note that whether you're using them or not, if they're plugged in, they're likely drawing power.

I've seen far too many cases where USB controllers were burned out due to excessive power draw.

So use a POWERED hub.    This is a good choice with plenty of ports:   http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Adapter-firmware-backwards-compatibility/dp/B008ZGKWQI
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by:andyalder
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You say you need it for USB 3.0 and also that the PC only has 3 USB ports. Quite unlikely that a PC with only 3 USB ports has USB3 to start with since modern PCs normally have oodles of USB ports.
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Your USB ports should be labeled 2.0 or 3.0.  You should be able to tell whether you have USB3.0 by opening Device Manager (devmgmt.msc) and looking in "Universal Serial Bus Controllers".

But whether you have USB2.0 or 3.0 the same advice about powered hubs applies.  And most USB3.0 hubs will work with USB2.0 devices.
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by:25112
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your points are helpful- i have order that hub you mentioned. it should help.

as andy said, maybe i have only 2.0 which i will confirm later today.. but then i can take this device to my next pc when i upgrade, in that scenario.. thanks again.
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by:jcimarron
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25112--You are welcome.
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by:garycase
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If your PC has USB v3 ports, not only will they show up in Device Manager as such .. but you can easily tell by looking at them.    USB v3 ports have blue connectors ... USB v2 are black.
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by:25112
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Gary- that is a very nice tip- thanks.
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