How long of a USB 3 cable can be used for an external hard drive?

jordan12

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So I Need four, at least 20 FT, USB 3 cables for external hard drives. Is that too long of a cable or will that work ok?
 

ryan_975

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Just under 10ft is the recommended max length (for 26awg), but it really depends on the quality of the cable and the size of the conductors.
 
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For that length I would be looking for an active extension cable. I suppose a hub on a long 10' cable is OK with another 10' standard cable. What type of end does the external HDD have on it?
 

Zepher

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Just get a 20 foot extension cord/power strip and move whatever closer to the drives, lol
 

Zedicus

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are you building a kludgy NAS?
just because you CAN, does not mean you SHOULD.
USB set up like this WILL give you issues at some point.
 

Keljian

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Ok so why not just get a cheapish 4 drive nas, then use an Ethernet cable etc, heck you can do it with a sbc...
 
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