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

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Using USB 3.0 to speed up transfer between USB 2.0 devices?

I've noticed that transfers between USB 2.0 drives are usually very slow. From what I understand, this is because all USB 2.0 devices connected to the same USB 2.0-host share the same 480Mb/s of ...
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Speed comparison between USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and SATA and Firewire

Which is fast, faster, fastest? I would appreciate a slowest to fastest list including USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and eSata.
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How to find out which USB port is USB 3.0?

In my laptop (a Lenovo y470 ) there are three USB ports. One of those is USB 3.0 others are USB 2.0 . I do not know which one is what. When I copy data from my External HDD it transfers at 38MB/s from ...
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Verifying USB connection speed (USB 3 or USB 2?)

I've purchased several new USB 3 capable drives to use with my new (USB 3 capable) laptop. They connect ok but I suspect they're silently falling back to USB 2. The sustained transfer rates I'm seeing ...
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Why does Windows 7 ask for additional drivers when installing from a USB 3.0 drive?

I just bought a new config ( ASUS p8z68-v lx, i5-2500k + ram and new graphic card ). Coming back and installing it in my old computer, I just saw that my DVD player was on IDE (yup…). So, I needed to ...
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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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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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How to determine whether I have USB3 ports in my laptop?

Is there any way, besides reading the product manual, to determine which type/class of USB ports are present in my computer casing? Can this obtained by visual confirmation, reading the device ...
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Do I need USB3 sticks to get USB3 speed?

I am thinking of getting a PCI-E usb3.0 card for my computer. Do I need special USB3 sticks and cables to harness the speed of USB3? Will my USB(2?) stick work at USB3 speed?
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Does a USB 2.0 device connected to a USB 3.0 hub slow down the hub to 2.0 speeds?

At work, I want to plug all my USB devices into a single USB hub so I only need to plug one USB cable, external display, and the power cable into my laptop. I have some USB 3.0 devices and some ...
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How does one install Windows 7 using USB 3?

I want to install Windows 7 onto an SSD from a USB 3 drive, however it won't let me boot using USB 3, however it does work using USB 2. I guess that's because Windows PE doesn't have the needed USB 3 ...
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Is there a way to upgrade laptop's USB2.0 to USB 3.0?

Is there a way to upgrade laptop's USB 2.0 ports to USB 3.0? If so, will the changes be a driver update alone or will it require changes in the internal hardware?
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Are USB 3.0 ports yellow?

My laptop has a yellow USB port. Is it USB 3.0?
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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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Will a mobile phone charge faster if plugged into a USB 3.0 port

Will a phone(or any device for that matter) charge faster if it is plugged into a USB 3.0 port compared to a USB 2.0 port? I know to assist charging you can turn features off(with flight mode) or ...
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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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Converting Firewire to USB 3 - is it theoretically possible?

I am in the process of buying a new laptop for video capture / editing, and it's proving difficult to find one at a decent price / spec that includes Expresscard for Firewire connectivity (which I ...
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How seriously does cable length affect USB 3.0 transfer speeds?

Recently I've been thinking of upgrading my computer with some USB 3.0 ports. However, the problem is my computer is some ways away from my desk so that would mean I would need a long cable, ...
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Free program to clone 3TB hard drive to another one with USB3 support in Windows 7?

All I'm trying to do is clone one WD 3TB GPT drive to another identical drive. One is internal, one is attached with a USB 3.0 dock. I'm copying from internal to external drive. Macrium Reflect ...
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USB 3 to Gigabit Ethernet adapters: where are they?

I'm looking for an adapter that will let me use a USB 3 port as a Gigabit Ethernet port. This is proving surprisingly hard to find! Is there some reason why this product is either unavailable or very ...
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Will cases with front USB port support USB 3.0?

If a computer case has a USB port in the front, will it support USB 3.0 if my motherboard supports it? Or does the case vendor need to specifically mention USB 3 support? (BTW, I haven't seen such ...
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Does the device that supports USB 3.0 work via computer that supports USB 2.0

I am planning to buy external hard drive that supports USB 3.0. Will it work with my old notebook that has USB 2.0?
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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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How to add USB 3.0 port to your laptop

What are the options to add one or more USB 3.0 port to a laptop? The only way I seen so far are USB 3 expresscard adapters but all of these adapters stick out quite a lot from the laptop and have ...
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Seagate 3TB ST3000DM001 hard drive not recognized by Linux, causes fdisk to hang

I'm running Kubuntu 12.04. I have a brand new, never used Seagate 3TB ST3000DM001 hard drive. It's an internal drive. I installed it in a USB enclosure. When I connect it to my PC, nothing happens ...
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Virtual Machine with support for hardware access: USB 3 (and PCI)

I am in the process of selecting a VM-software. I have a requirement of accessing a custom USB3 device in a VM (Windows 8 64bit guest, host is Windows 7 64 bit). From what I read, VMware would be the ...
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Can a case with front USB ports be connected and used as a USB 3.0 port

I found this when I typed in my question. It sort of answers my question but I want to double check. Will cases with front USB port support USB 3.0? I have a Rosewill Challenger case purchased in ...
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USB3 does not work in fresh Ubuntu install

I have a new computer with an Asus P8Z68-V LE + Intel i2500 + 8GB of RAM. I installed Ubuntu without any issue, but the USB3 (from the motherboard - on the back of the computer) doesn't work. I ...
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Worth getting USB 3.0 enclosure for old HDD?

I have a WD 500GB MyPassport which is a couple of years old (2009-2010). Will I be able to see a noticeable speed difference if I remove the HDD and use it with a USB 3.0 caddy instead?
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USB 3.0 Device not detected in Windows 8

About my setup: Windows 8 64-bit. X79-UD3 Motherboard. Latest Windows 8 USB 3.0 Drivers from motherboard manufacturer website. Latest BIOS revision. (F12p) All right so device manager detects my ...
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Internal drives vs USB-3 with external SSD or eSata with External SSD

I have a need to carry VMWare Virtual Machines with me for work. These are very large files (each VM is 20GB or more) and I carry around about 40 to 50 VM's to simulate different software ...
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Is USB 3.0 backwards compatible? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a USB 3.0 pen drive be used on a USB 2.0 port? I am really excited about USB 3, especially since it has made its way into the new MacBook Airs and Pros. Since it is ...
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How many MB/sec can I expect copying to USB 3.0 enclosure with SATA drive?

I have a new laptop with USB 3.0 ports, and a new SATA 5200 rpm hard drive I just put into a new USB 3.0 enclosure. I am copying my backups from the local hard drive to the new USB 3.0 hard ...
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USB 3 vs Firewire 800

We want to get some external hard-drives >= 1TB for copying large videos (10-500gb) and image sequences (1-150k files) in-house ala sneaker-net between Macs and PCs. Does anyone have real-world ...
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Why when I connect an external harddisk via an USB 3.0 PCI controller I receive the “your device can perform faster” notification?

I have an external HD with usb 3.0 support and have installed a PCI card to add two usb 3.0 ports to my pc. I am running windows 7. When I connect the hard disk I receive a notification about usb ...
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External SSD drive vs Flash drive (USB 3.0)

I was wondering about the reasoning behind introducing external SSD USB3.0 drives on the market. To me a USB3.0 128GB SSD drive is the larger sibling of a USB Flash key with same interface and size. ...
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Add USB 3.0 to a laptop

I want to add a USB 3.0 port to my laptop that only has USB 2.0 and a combo eSATA USB port. I have a Pavilion dv5-2135dx which I have found no information on what motherboard it is to look for empty ...
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Toshiba Satellite P755D USB 3.0 Drivers Missing - Windows 7 Professional

I bought a Toshiba Satellite P755D recently and installed Windows 7 Professional on the machine. It runs great. But I noticed the exclamation point in the yellow triangle icon in the Device Manager ...
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What devices will take advantage of USB 3.0? [closed]

All I see are USB 3.0 external hard drives. Are there other devices that will greatly benefit from this higher throughput? Are external hard drives the primary device that's pushing USB 3.0? If so, ...
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TrueCrypt hinders performance?

I have AMD Quad-Core Phenom II 955 @ 3.2GHz (It can go up to 3.8 if needed). I may get high performance SSD (500 MB/s write/read) and if I encrypt the whole volume how much of a performance hit would ...
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Looking for MacBook Pro compatible true USB 3 ExpressCard 34 cards at USB 3.0 speed (or at least a few Gb/s) on any brand USB 3 drive in Mac OS X [closed]

I'm considering buying an ExpressCard 34 USB 3 adapter for my 2010 MacBook Pro 17" so that I can benefit from USB 3.0 speeds when used with my Samsung S2 1 TB USB 3.0 superspeed drive. However, ...
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USB 3 adapter for a dell 2850 with PCI (or PCIX) ports?

Does anyone know if there is a plain PCI (or PCIX) USB 3 adapter? I understand the bandwidth of PCI < USB3, but it still beats the heck out of USB 2. I have some older dell 2850s that do not have ...
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VirtualBox USB 3.0 Storage Settings

I'm taking a college course where we are using VMs to safely work with the Linux kernel, and as such, we've been told that it would be useful to have our VM stored on a flash drive (if we want to work ...
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Arch Linux on an external HDD GPT-Partitioned

I have an Alienware M14x-R1 and had an Arch Linux System installed on its 750Gb HDD, everything working fine, GPT-partitions (on BIOS, not EFI) and GRUB bootloader. Then I bought a new Corsair SSD, ...
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Seagate External USB 3.0 HDD doesn't register when connected?

I've got a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Hard Drive that I use for backups. I previously had issues with USB ports not supplying sufficient power to the drive, but that was ...
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are there any low profile USB 3.0 flash drives? [closed]

I've searched for a USB 3.0 low-profile flash drive, and only found drives that are either USB 3.0 or low profile. For instance, Sandisk has only one USB 3.0 drive at the time I'm writing this, and ...
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Slow Transfer Speed Between USB 3.0 Devices

I have an SSD installed, and when I'm transferring to or from an external HDD via USB 3.0 I get speeds of upwards 100mb/s. However if I'm transferring between 2 external HDDs both on 3.0 I get a ...
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Can I add USB 3.0 support to the front of my old PC?

I have a Dell XPS 720. I want to add USB 3.0 support to it, ideally on the front of the PC. Is this possible? The built in media card reader is the 4th bay. Can I replace it with one of these? would ...
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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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Buying MoBo, should I get SATA III and USB3 or plan on using an expansion card if I ever need them?

I am working on building a midgrade computer. (Looking to net around 1K including OS Win7Pro.) My questions is this: Should I invest in a more expensive MoBo that has USB 3 and SATA III support ...