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USB 2.0 ext drive backup to XP w USB 1.1-OK?


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#1 dumolcoot

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 08:09 PM

I have a Dell Dimension 8200 (Jan '02) Pentium 4, 1.8 GHz, 512MB PC800 RDRAM, 80 GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive, Windows XP Home Ed.
(Service Pack 3 was never installed. Less than half of the capacity is used. It works some of the time and I have decided to
upgrade to an iMac. I hoped to transfer the files to an external drive and purchased a Seagate 500 GB FreeAgent GoFlex also hoping to use it as a backup on the iMac. (It claims to be able to "Share movies, photos and music between both PC and Mac Computers without reformatting."}

I noted that the Seagate drive has USB 2.0 connections and my PC has USB 1.1. My question is: Is this a problem or can I expect to be able to transfer my files to the Seagate drive? If yes, are there any cautions of which I need to be aware?

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 09:08 PM

No problem: USB 2.0 is backward compatible with 1.1

It will do the job just fine, but transfer rate with USB 1.1 is a lot slower than with 2.0.

No special precautions needed. Be aware that you should use the little icon that will appear in your System Tray to shut down/stop/eject before switching off and unplugging the external hard drive.

btw: I can relate to your username. Me too!
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Posted 05 October 2011 - 09:40 PM

Thanks, I'll go ahead (tomorrow) and try it and I'll report back.

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 09:53 PM

No worries!
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Posted 07 October 2011 - 10:10 AM

Although very slow (as expected) it worked fine despite horrific warnings from my XP. I can now replace my computer, secure that I have all my files. (Yet to be proven: That it will transfer OK to a new iMac - but that's another problem; at least it will transfer at USB 3.0!)

Thanks for you help, AustrAlien! (I was to Australia 15 years ago; loved it.)

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:32 PM

Pleased to see all went well with backing up your files to the external hard drive.

Enjoy your new iMac!
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