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#1 Beel

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 11:39 AM

I am looking to get an external hard dive for my ageing Asus W7 64 bit laptop to backup heaps of photos I have loaded on the laptop and I am looking for an external 500GB hard drive. Some I have spoken to said W7 doesn't support USB 3 and I will need to get a USB 2 external hard drive. Any help or ideas here would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.



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Posted 12 September 2016 - 03:36 PM

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/acd63e62-0dbd-4732-9292-7cf7b67a4fe6/usb-30-support-in-windows-7?forum=w7itprohardware

 

FWIW:  Since USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with prior USB versions...I believe a USB 3 drive will work with any system that has at least USB 2.0 capability...the user just would not have the increased speed attributed to 3.0, in such case, without a 3.0 driver.

 

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 03:48 PM

Windows 7 does support USB 3.0. It does not have native USB 3.0 drivers included on the install disk. Windows 7 drivers are provided by the USB 3.0 chipset manufacturer. And as hamluis posted, USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0.



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Posted 13 September 2016 - 01:24 AM

Thanks very much to you both for your help. I appreciate it and leaves my mind at rest.






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