Solved

can a USB 3.0 flash drive be compatiable with an older USB 2.0 port?

Posted on 2013-05-30
3
616 Views
Last Modified: 2013-05-31
Hi Everyone,

           I have a USB 3.0 flash drive which I am needing to access with either my regular desktop pc or my laptop.  However, both the desktop pc and laptop have older USB 2.0 ports.  With that point in mind, is it possible for these machines to read and access the data on this newer USB 3.0 flash drive?

           Any shared thoughts to this question will be greatly appreciated.

           Thank you.

            George
0
Comment
Question by:GMartin
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
3 Comments
 
LVL 23

Assisted Solution

by:tailoreddigital
tailoreddigital earned 200 total points
ID: 39209593
0
 
LVL 96

Accepted Solution

by:
Lee W, MVP earned 300 total points
ID: 39209604
USB 3 devices should work with all USB ports but they will only operate as fast as the port allows.  A USB 3.0 device would run at USB 2.0 speeds in a USB 2.0 port.  Or USB 1.1 speeds in a USB 1.1 port.
0
 

Author Comment

by:GMartin
ID: 39211559
Hi Everyone,

            Thanks so much for the prompt replies given to this question.  It is reassuring knowing I can work with this USB 3 flash drive using older versions of USB ports such as 2.0 and 1.1.  

             George
0

Featured Post

Comparison of Amazon Drive, Google Drive, OneDrive

What is Best for Backup: Amazon Drive, Google Drive or MS OneDrive? In this free whitepaper we look at their performance, pricing, and platform availability to help you decide which cloud drive is right for your situation. Download and read the results of our testing for free!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

AWS Glacier is Amazons cheapest storage option and is their answer to a ‘Cold’ storage service.  Customers primarily use this service for archival purposes and storage of infrastructure backups.  Its unlimited storage potential and low storage cost …
Create your own, high-performance VM backup appliance by installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication directly onto a Synology NAS!
This video teaches viewers how to encrypt an external drive that requires a password to read and edit the drive. All tasks are done in Disk Utility. Plug in the external drive you wish to encrypt: Make sure all previous data on the drive has been …
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…

752 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question