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Nov

2014

USB 3.0 Harddrive on iMac for Ubuntu VM

I tried to hook my external Harddrive into my new iMac to mount it on Ubuntu. I ran into the following problem:

unable to enumerate USB device on port 2
Error when plugging external hard drive into iMac running Ubuntu in VMWare

You get the error: "unable to enumerate USB device on port 2"


The disk does not show up in the regular /dev/ structure.


On my old iMac, it worked just fine. But it only supported USB 2.0. The hard drive supports USB 3.0, but fell back to USB 2.0 on my old iMac.


On my new hardware, they run USB 3.0, which is not supported by my Linux-Distro. After a littler bit of head-scratching, I found the solution:

USB Disk plugged into Mac-Keyboard. It is only USB 2.0 - problem solved.
USB Disk plugged into Mac-Keyboard. It is only USB 2.0 - problem solved.

I could not find a solution in software, but in hardware, it was quite easy. My keyboard has two USB-jacks. And it only runs USB 2.0. Unfortunately, it is a little weak voltage-wise, so I had to find an old cable that came with two plugs and got the extra-voltage from my iMac.