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

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Does a USB 3.0 connection require a USB 3.0 cord?

Does a USB 3.0 connection require a USB 3.0 cord to reach USB 3.0 speeds (SuperSpeed)? Will any USB cord support any USB 3.0 device?
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Speed comparison between USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and SATA and Firewire

Which external connection has the highest data throughput with respect to the headers used? I would appreciate a slowest to fastest list including USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why is there a speed increase when using a USB 2.0 device with a USB 3.0 port?

I know this question, or similar questions, have been asked before, but still I am curious… My laptop has two USB 3.0 ports and—on occasion—I will plug in a Western Digital external hard drive which ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I connect two computers using USB 3.0?

I know this question exists, but it's about USB in General. Mine is about USB 3.0 and newer specifically. USB 3.0 specification introduces the feature known as direct host-to-host connection with ...
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Why aren’t there any USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet adapters out there?

I’m looking for an adapter that will let me use a USB 3.0 port as a Gigabit Ethernet port. This is proving surprisingly hard to find! Is there some reason why this product is either unavailable or ...
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How do I identify what is my 'Intel Chipset' , on a Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit system?

How do I identify what is my 'Intel Chipset' , on a Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit system? This is actually a follow-up question to USB 3.0 ports function as USB 2.0 ports on Windows 7 -- trying ...
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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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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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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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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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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 can I check whether USB3.0 UASP mode is enabled in Linux?

I have a laptop running Ubuntu 15.04 (3.19.0-21-generic) and an external USB3.0 2.5" SATA HDD enclosure which claims that it supports UASP mode (this model by StarTech). I have no problems mounting ...
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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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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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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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Extend USB 3.0 cable

I have a couple of new USB 3.0 devices which connect to my USB 3.0 ports via the new "Blue" USB 3.0 cables that end in what looks like a USB 2.0 Type A connector. Indeed, the USB 3.0 devices will ...
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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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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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What does the BIOS setting XHCI Pre-Boot Mode do?

I have a BIOS setting called XHCI Pre-Boot Mode. If I have this enabled USB devices which aren't plugged in at boot are never recognised, if I set it to Disabled then USB devices work normally. The ...
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What connectors do USB 3.0 devices use?

This USB 3.0 HDD case has something that looks like a USB A receptacle requiring an A-A cable, something quite unusual. The only alternative that Amazon.de is offering, has the 10-pin USB 3.0 ...
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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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Force a single USB 3.0 port to work as USB 2.0

I have several Dell XPS 13 machines that exhibit intermittent failures of the left USB 3.0 port, as described in this thread. I have lost data to silent corruption/disconnections on several external ...
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USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, how can you tell the difference?

I know the speeds would obviously be a key factor, but is there any spot on way to tell if a device is USB 2.0 or 3.0 such as a USB flash drive?
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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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USB 3.0 ports backwards compatibility problems with 2.0 devices?

I see some info on the net that suggest that I should be able to get my USB 2.0 devices to work in 3.0 ports. I only have two 2.0 ports on my new computer, and six 3.0 ports. I have installed ...
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Where can I connect this USB 3.0 cord?

My motherboard has 2 USB 3.o slots in the back, where the usual slots go, but the tower also supports 1 or 2 USB 3.0 ports in the front, above the DVD drive. So, there is a cord coming out of those ...
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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 ...