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If your monitor has a USB type b port on it you have to use a USB-a to USB-b cable to connect your laptop to your monitor. Only then will you be able to use the hub that's built into your monitor. You will lose one USB-a port on your PC but will gain the ability to use all of the ports on the monitors hub.
One like this one: [link]
Nah, you should be able to get one easy (well not accounting for the current global situation!) from either a local electronics store or somewhere like Amazon.
They’re just like this:
Amazon basics cable
They’re often used to connect usb hubs or printers to a pc. In this case, your monitor essentially has a built in usb hub.
USB Type B
Longer but slower: [link]
Any recommendations on multiple drive USB 3 enclosures would be appreciated. I am interested in ease of transport - that is, how easy is it to pick up, move around and drive to an off-site location.
Would I need a special container to protect it, or would a simple box (the box it came in) be sufficient to protect it, with the drives in place while transporting?
I don't recommend constantly transporting the Probox. It's meant to be kept on the desktop. The box itself is pretty light, but filled with four drives, it's pretty heavy and bulky. And the power supply is a good weight too.
I'd remove the drives and transport them separately from the case. There's an add on handle that adds about 1/4" to the front of the drive.
The USB connector is USB 3.0 Type B Male https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-USB-3-0-Cable-Male/dp/B00NH144GK and much more robust than USB 3.0 Micro Type B, but isn't meant to be constantly plugged and unplugged.
I'm more concerned about the power connector which is a 4 pin DIN type. It a slightly snug fit and I can foresee the jack on the enclosure working itself loose from the mainboard. Again, not meant to be constantly plugged and unplugged.
If you can, I highly recommend getting a second box kept at your destination.
Is it possible to detect if there are problems with the drives? Would these enclosures support SMART or other technology I can use to validate and replace drives before they fail? I use Linux if that helps.
I use CrystalDiskInfo on Windows and all SMART data is reported.
Make sure you connect the USB upstream port (the USB-B port) to your computer so that the monitor acts as a USB hub. You would need a cable like this one.