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    (Original post by Sephiroth)
    I've used my keyboard through them since forever. Also use them to transfer files to my phones and USB stick no problem, which is why I didn't suspect they could be the issue. From what I've found on Google it may well be a driver issue. Not something I'm going to look into solving tonight anyway. I can probably live with the inconvenience of having to use the back USB for the HDD to be honest, only going to be using it about once per month at most.
    It could also be a problem with the ports not supplying enough power for the drive; does the enclosure have a mains power supply or just from the USBs? I know my old laptop used to have a problem with my 2.5" external drive, so if it's a 3.5" drive that may be your problem
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    (Original post by TRENDY_TURBAN)
    Are all of the USB ports connected to the chipset or are there additional USB controllers on your motherboard? Because they'll use different drivers to each other.

    If you don't mind me asking, what kind of setup do you have with the keyboard in the front USB ports? If I did that the wires would drive me crazy.
    I can't really say unless I pull the PC apart. I do know that I can't use the front 3.0 ports because they aren't connected to anything (need an adapter which I ordered tonight) but that shouldn't affect the 2.0 ports surely.

    Basically I have this case and this motherboard, if it helps.

    I use a wireless keyboard so it's only the wireless receiver that is plugged in. I prefer it at the front so that it's easy to switch to my PS3. But I've just moved it to the back so that I can put the wireless receiver in a better position to avoid interference. Been years since I plugged it into my PS3 anyway. Wireless keyboards just aren't worth it, yet I like the feel of the keys so not bothered to buy a wired one.

    (Original post by pratstercs)
    It could also be a problem with the ports not supplying enough power for the drive; does the enclosure have a mains power supply or just from the USBs? I know my old laptop used to have a problem with my 2.5" external drive, so if it's a 3.5" drive that may be your problem
    I'm connecting the drive via the power supply that came with in. I don't think USB 2 can power an HDD, I know 3.0 can though.
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    (Original post by Sephiroth)
    I'm connecting the drive via the power supply that came with in. I don't think USB 2 can power an HDD, I know 3.0 can though.
    Ah right, there goes that idea then
    Some USB 2 can power HDDs, depends on the port and its output. Some struggle though, which might cause problems similar to yours
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    (Original post by Sephiroth)
    I can't really say unless I pull the PC apart. I do know that I can't use the front 3.0 ports because they aren't connected to anything (need an adapter which I ordered tonight) but that shouldn't affect the 2.0 ports surely.

    Basically I have this case and this motherboard, if it helps.

    I use a wireless keyboard so it's only the wireless receiver that is plugged in. I prefer it at the front so that it's easy to switch to my PS3. But I've just moved it to the back so that I can put the wireless receiver in a better position to avoid interference. Been years since I plugged it into my PS3 anyway. Wireless keyboards just aren't worth it, yet I like the feel of the keys so not bothered to buy a wired one.



    I'm connecting the drive via the power supply that came with in. I don't think USB 2 can power an HDD, I know 3.0 can though.
    Wait until you get that adapter and see if it works in the 3.0 ports.

    The only things I can think of it being are drivers or a dodgy connection on the front ports. Which port did you try it with on the back? Two of the 3.0 ports on the back of your motherboard are connected to a different chip but I couldn't find out which two. If you test it with a different port on the back and it acts the same as with the front port then that's probably why.

    EDIT: Probably isn't if everything else works.
 
 
 
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