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A little confused about USB 3.0???

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#1 Dr. Joe

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 09:37 PM

So I have been trying to find information about USB 3.0 but couldn't find much that made sense to me. I know its a faster USB version than 2.0. My questions are: Can you plug in 1.0, 1.1, or 2.0 USB hardware into these 3.0 ports? and If I have an external enclosure for a hard drive, can I just get a USB 3.0 wire and use it with the enclosure? And lastly, how do I know what version of USB my hardware is? I searched the forums but couldn't find anything on this. Thanks in advance for your input. :busy:

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 10:03 PM

sadly i can only answer 1 of those questions...but i do know that usb 3.0 is backwards compatible so it can be used by older devices

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 10:43 PM

USB 3.0 is fully compatible with USB 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 standards, though it will be bottleneced-you plug a 1.1 device into a USB 3 slot will run at 1.1 speeds. though, the problem your likely to have is driver problems-devices old enough to have 1.0 and 1.1 may not have drivers for modern Operating systems and may cause conflicts there. and yes, you can use a 3.0 wire with your external enclosure with no problem.



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