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    I have two SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 flash drives and two USB 3.1 USB ports on my HP ProBook laptop. Unfortunately I can not attach both flash drives at the same time because there is not enough space between the laptop USB ports.

    1. Any ideas on a solution?

    2. Is there any way to determine before purchasing a flash drive whether it will be narrow enough to fit one in each port at the same time?

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    • #2394514

      1. You can try using a powered USB hub or buy a very short six inch extension cable to use with one of your flash drives.

      2. In a store you could carry a small ruler with you to measure the flash drive width. When buying online try looking for the smallest profile that allow two drives to fit in that constrained area.

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      • #2394535

        USB hubs, and the more general-purpose multi-port hubs that have ports for more than USB connections (Ethernet, HDMI, etc.) are sort of little docks attached to the computer by a dongle. Powered ones have a cable with a power adapter to plug to a wall mains socket; unpowered ones draw power from the computer itself to pass on to the attached peripheral devices that need it; both types serve to communicate the computer with those devices.

        One can see pictures and descriptions of some USB powered hubs here, for example:

        https://www.amazon.com/Powered-Usb-Hub/s?k=Powered+Usb+Hub

        You might notice that, in some, the width of the USB jacks is not likely to be a problem, because of the way the ports are arranged. Same can be true of unpowered hubs.

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    • #2394572

      Apart of a simple USB hub recommended above, you could also think about some docking station/usb replicator for your laptop. Then, all accessories are easily unmounted by a single cable. They also offer more connectivity possibilities.

      Probably the best solution is the one with a single USB-C connector, charges your laptop through USB-C, but it depends on your laptot model, if your supports USB-C charging.
      Information HERE.
      usbc

      I personally use “slim” USB drives, such as this one.
      Kingston data traveller. Attention – linked USB is 2.0, thus slower than 3.0 or even 3.1

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      • #2394666

        Doriel: ” but it depends on your laptop model, if your supports USB-C charging.

        Or if one could find a dongle from USB-C to whatever USB one has in one’s computer.

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    • #2394755

      I don’t use the two USB ports much, but I would like to have the ability to use them simultaneously. Given that limited usage, I think I will shop for a short extension cable and see how that works before buying a hub. And I will be careful to pay attention to the dimensions of USB flash drives that I buy in the future.

      Thanks to everyone for all the ideas, pictures, and links.

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