USB 3 ports on Dell P2715Q. Connect laptop to hard drive?

Started Jan 23, 2017 | Discussions thread
D Sharp
D Sharp Contributing Member • Posts: 564
Re: USB 3 ports on Dell P2715Q. Connect laptop to hard drive?

I appreciate you have made your decision, but for completeness in case anyone else is looking for the answer:

Yes, you can power a 2.5 inch external HDD from any one of the USB ports on the P2715Q

Two are permanently attached as Time Machine backups and I often have three attached when I am re syncing my offsite backup.  Never noticed any issues.

I also sometimes use one USB with a SSD drive attached which I can boot from.  Blackmagic tells me there is little or no difference in the read write speeds between when the ssd is directly attached and when attached via the Dell.  I plan to pickup a 1TB drive soon which I will use as a boot drive when docked to the screen.

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