USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed) is a USB specification that can transmit data at up to 5 Gbit/s.

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USB 3.0 port no longer recognizing USB 2.0 devices, seems to still work with USB 3.0 devices

MY laptop (2013 Razer Blade) has three USB 3.0 ports, no USB 2.0 ports. I have a variety of USB 2.0 devices, all of them have worked up until last night. For whatever reason one of the ports no longer ...
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USB 3.0 MicroB cable possibly causing failures

I have a Seagate 1TB Backup Plus drive that came with a 5in USB MicroB cable and have had it for less than a month. I purchased a longer cable, 6ft, and then tried to encrypt the drive with TrueCrypt. ...
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Wifi dropping out (limited connectivity) randomly and during high traffic

I built my own PC and everything has been great for over a year until recently when I had to use a wifi adapter. I've tried 2 different brand wifi adapters with the same problem. Basically what ...
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I'm having trouble installing USB 3 drivers on Windows 7

I recently acquired a toshiba laptop which came with Windows 8. I downgraded to Windows 7 and installed the necessary drivers which I obtained here: ...
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“This device can perform faster.” Appears Even Though I Inserted External HDD to USB 3.0 Port

I have a 1TB WD My Passport external HDD. It supports USB 3.0 and has an USB 3.0 cable. Whenever I connect it to my laptop, the message "This device can perform faster. This USB mass storage device ...
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is this necessary to have USB 3.0 port to use USB 3.0 devices?

My laptop is Dell Inspiron 1440. And it has only usb 2.0 ports. I want to use USB 3.0 device. Is it necessary to have USB 3.0 port installed in it. If possible, then how? In my laptop there is ...
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“Extra” pins on WD MyPassport hard drive controller board

I know that these pins are not "extra" but I'd like to know what they do... Are they jumpers like the old IDE hard drives had? The drive doesn't want to spin up anymore and I'd like to learn as ...
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ASUS P5K-E motherboard upgrade to USB3.0 port

Can I add a USB3.0 card via the PCI slot on my ASUS P5K-E motherboard and take advantage of the "SuperSpeed" of USB3.0? The card I'm looking to buy: ...
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logitech wireless devices not recognized on Debian

I have a unifying receiver for mouse and keyboard. I am using Debian Wheezy on Asus UX31A. The devices are recognized and working during boot and also in grub menu. Once I get the Debian log in ...
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How can I troubleshoot SSD disconnection problems on Windows 7?

I have a small SSD (Transcend StoreJet TS256GESD200K) which I am using on several computers. The drive is formatted with NTFS and recently I started noticing disconnects. Normally one probably ...
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Optimal file format for USB3 memory [duplicate]

Which is the best choice and why for formatting a USB3 memory stick? FAT32 was the out of the box, but the file size limit is a to small. FAT32 NTFS exFAT Size, speed and stability are good ...
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My External USB drive stops after reading some data

I had the external USB 3.0 western Digital My Book essential 3TB drive. I had loto of data on it. Suddenlt when i start copying data from it then after reading 20GB or so data then i get error that ...
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Windows 8 To Go drive BSOD'd in the middle of writing something to disk. Computer won't recognize drive

Here's the setup: Dell Precision M4700 laptop Windows 8 To Go installed on a week-old Patriot Tab 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive Laptop natively runs Windows 7 Professional From Windows 7, flash drive was ...
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Using enclosed ssd as portable computer?

I have a laptop with USB 3.0 ports and I have a solid state drive I never got around to installing on my desktop or using at all. I was thinking about buying an enclosure for it and booting off it on ...
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How to tell if my MacBook Air supports USB 3.0

How do I tell if my MacBook Air supports USB 3.0. I found About This Mac → More Info... → System Report... → Hardware → USB But nothing there clearly states version 2.0 or 3.0. How can I know for ...
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Sharing external USB drive via Mac Mini with server.app randomly disconnecting

I've got a Mac mini running server and a few people connecting. This is working fine and no issues so far. I bought a sharkoon USB external 5 bay RAID box and connected to the server and setup shares. ...
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Find out if my macbook pro has USB3?

How can I find out if my macbook pro has USB3? Im considering getting a USB3 to video convertor so I cant connect a 2nd monitor to my mac. Ive read that USB3 is better than USB2 but I cant figure ...
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USB 3.0 not recognising USB stick?

I built myself a PC using the Asus P8H61-MX USB3 motherboard. It has 2x USB 3.0 ports on it. I plugged my USB sticks in and nothing happened. I plugged them into normal USB ports on the same ...
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Would a high quality USB 3 SSD beat the speeds of a SATA II internal 7200rpm for gaming? [closed]

I have a gaming laptop and a desktop that I switch between pretty regularly due to not being home often. Rather than purchasing two SSDs, I was considering whether I could get away with getting a ...
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Why can I transfer only 35 MB/s to my USB 3.0 external hard disk?

I bought a Seagate Expansion portable disk (1 TB). I am using a Dell Inspiron 15R (5521) laptop which has 2 usb 3.0 ports. But when I transfer files to my above mentioned portable drive I do not get ...
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How would I exactly duplicate a USB drive?

I have a standard USB flash drive that I have partitioned and formatted and organized and done quite a lot of things to. I was hoping to create another copy of that drive, with partitions and ...
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Is there any advantage to using a USB 3 hub with USB 2 storage devices?

I have a host of USB 2.0 external HDDs that I'd like to plug into a single hub. Usually I don't actually access more than one at once, but you never know. Basically, I'm not sure how USB hubs work ...
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Unplugged my USB 3 without safely removing hardware and now my other machine won't read it

The title says it all, really! I unplugged my usb 3 drive to take it to my lounge and plug into the media centre and hey presto, it can see the drive, but it shows as an empty folder. Funnily enough ...
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Would USB 3 make a difference for a USB 2 5400 RPM drive?

I've got a USB 2 5400 RPM external HD. I'm thinking of getting a new computer with USB 3 ports. If I'm currently getting read/write speeds from the external HD on USB 2 of roughly 30 mb/s (both read ...
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Want simple RAID capable direct attached storage device that abstracts the RAID config

I am looking for a device for my mother for redundant storage of her photos. Local (non-cloud) based is a requirement. I would prepare the device for her in a RAID 1+0 (at least 4 drives, striped no ...
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Connecting a USB 3 hard drive to a Mac Mini

I've got a USB 3 external hard drive and a Mac Mini 2012 with USB 3 ports. If I want to get USB 3 speeds on the hard drive, I assume I need a special USB 3 cable with the blue inserts. They seem to be ...
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My external hardisk is fully utilized all the time?

I Have a 2TB WD external hardrive, with an USB3 interface. When copying a file to it, the transfer speed is very low (800KB/s ~ 1MB/s) In the taskmanager (under the Performance tab) in windows 8 the ...
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Do Express Card to USB3.0 adapters work?

I have "Express Card USB 3.0 adapter" like this (it's in polish so I add to it Google translation, forgive that) ...
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Booting Linux from USB 3.0 External Hard Drive [duplicate]

When I boot my computer, in the boot manager, I have the option to click "Windows 7" (my default OS). When my External Hard Drive is plugged in to USB 2.0, it boots Linux (when I click on "Windows ...
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USB 2.0 device in USB 3.0 Port

If I plug in an USB 2.0 device (e.g. mouse, keyboard) into a USB 3.0 port, will the controller still use polling to acquire input data (e.g. keypresses/movements) from the device?
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Can't install USB 3 drivers on Windows 7 (Pro)

I have recently downgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 7 on my Laptop. I know it has 2 USB 3.0 ports (the blue sockets). I'm currently using the "Intel 7 Series C216" chipset . The problem is, I tried ...
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Can USB 3.0 device initiate communication with USB 2.0 computer?

I want to copy files from a computer with USB 2.0 support to an external drive with USB 3.0 support, but do not trust that the external drive is free of malware. Can a USB 3.0 device initiate ...
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USB 2.0 device on USB 3.0 Power and Data Bandwidth

Traveling questioneer from StackOverflow, asking about bandwidth usage on USB 3.0 controller. I'm hoping this is a decent place to ask as I didn't see a specific "computer hardware" stack in the list. ...
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USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 motherboard headers compatibility

I have a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard which comes with 2 USB 2.0 internal headers (2*5-1 pins) and 3 USB 3.0 internal headers (2*10-1 pins). The two USB 2.0 headers are occupied, as are 2 of the ...
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Complete USB 3.0 potential not being realized

I have a ASUS K55VM laptop which has 2 USB 3.0 ports. I'm running on Windows 8 x64. When I use plug in a USB 3.0 external hard drive from any 1 of the USB ports I get write/read speeds of only ...
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Windows 8 - USB 3.0 is in poor write speed

My notebook is Asus U46E has one USB3 port. I tested the write speed of USB3 in Ubuntu, it's fast as my expectation without doing anything. But when I go to Win8, the data was written in ...
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Using an SSD as a portable external drive?

Is it possible to use an SSD as a larger-capacity flash drive? I know that some computer cases include external SATA ports, so would it be reasonable to assume that one could interface with the SSD ...
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Cannot access USB 3.0 external hard drive

I have a Seagate 1 TB USB 3.0 external hard drive. When I try to access it in my laptop, I get the following error: ~$WKMURSX.NFC The specified module cannot be found .. How do I solve ...
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USB 2.0 ports stop working, USB 3.0 port OK

I have a Windows 8 laptop (Acer V3-551-8489) that features 1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports. For some reason, the USB 2.0 ports stop working from time to time. Is there a way to restart those ...
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How do I get an existing installation of Windows 7 working from a USB 3 external drive?

I'm attempting to copy my existing installation of Windows 7 from my work laptop to an SSD of my own, and boot from it from an external enclosure via USB 3.0. I've used the laptop's internal SATA ...
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Windows to go usb 3.0 booting problems

why Windows to go don't boot from USB 3.0 in some PC? It start booting, but after few minutes shows blue screen with error: "Inaccessible Boot Device". On USB 2.0 works good. P.S. I use Kingston ...
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USB Flash drive or USB SSD Drive to use Linux from USB? [closed]

I'm looking for an USB drive which I will use to store my Linux o.s. and run it from there. I have both laptop and PC with a lot of RAM (8/12 GB), so because I don't want to keep those 2 systems ...
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How to measure actual USB3 port speed?

Not all USB3 ports are created equal. I have a friend who develops embedded hardware that interfaces with USB chipsets. He told me that most USB chipsets that are slightly faster than USB2 (480 ...
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Adding eSATA and USB 3.0 to my laptop - How much will this increase my laptop speed?

If I add USB 3.0 and eSATA to my laptop with an ExpressCard and connect an SSD to eSATA and another external hard to the USB 3.0 port will this speed up my laptop if now I am using an internal HDD and ...
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Will connecting a SSD drive using USB 3.0 to SATA connector achieve the same speed if it is connected to internal SATA port?

I have old CORSAIR F40 SSD that has theoretical speed of 280 MB/s for both read and write. I bought this USB to SATA connector - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005OMXBN2 as USB 3.0 interface has ...
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What USB 3.0 functionality does Intel's iusb3mon monitor?

Along with Intel USB 3.0 Host Controller drivers, a utility called "iusb3mon.exe" (Intel USB 3.0 Monitor) was installed at startup. Its apparent goal is to "monitor" some USB 3.0 functions. My ...
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Windows 8 x64 and the Renesas USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller

Laptop Lenovo W520 with 2 USB 3.0 ports. I have issues with the "Renesas USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller" which got installed automatically with Windows 8. When the device is marked as working in ...
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What is iusb3mon.exe used for? [closed]

Along with Intel USB 3.0 Host Controller drivers, a utility called "iusb3mon.exe" (Intel USB 3.0 Monitor) was installed at startup. What is its role in the system? What purpose does it serve? What ...
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Is USB 3 backward compatiable? [duplicate]

If USB 3 is backwards compatible, why do they place USB 2 ports with USB 3 ports on motherboards? Also, do USB3 External drives not work with USB2 ports?
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USB 3.0 portable HD Compatibility and Backup

I have noticed on specifications that some list what os they are compatible with. If the OS is not listed does that mean the usb HD will not work for example MAC. If it does not say its MAC compatible ...