I searched for these questions but mostly I only find long articles about USB 3.1 and USB Type-C. After spending long time reading them, I remain with my questions unanswered. There’s no direct answer to them.
I read that a USB Type-C port in a laptop can output 100W of power. Does a USB 3.1 Type-A port also output 100W or is it only the USB Type-C port?
One of those 100W power ports should be able to power a 3.5" hard disk drive alone without additional power other than this single cable, right? Has anyone actually tested this?
I have a hard disk drive with a few years already. I was thinking of upgrading it to USB 3.1 Type-A to make use of its better speeds. I read that all there is needed to do is get a new USB 3.1 Type-A external enclosure and move the hard disk drive from the old enclosure to the new one. However, I also read a couple comments saying that the speed will always depend on the actual hard disk drive. Does that mean it will have same speed on USB 2.0 as in USB 3.1? Or it will always be faster on USB 3.1, only not reaching the max speed?
Assuming it will have same speed on both USB versions, what does make use of the max speed USB 3.1 says to support then? Is it the newest SSD’s?