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USB 3 device in a USB 2 socket? Answered

Just checking, but am I correct in thinking that a USB3 portable drive will work in a USB2 port, just more slowly?


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Best Answer 6 years ago

Yes just like 1 and 2 before it, USB 3 items will be limited in their speed. But some USB 3 items will not work on 2. Not only does USB 3 provide more bandwidth but it also provides more power. So if the portable drive doesn't use an external power source, it gets it's power from the USB port.