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USB 3.0 – Will It Speed Up My PC?

Sunday, January 17th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

Charles has a questions about USB 3.0. He writes: “I have win7 with 2.0 usb ports, If I buy a 3.0 usb memory stick. Will my data be stored and played back at 2.0 or 3.0?”


Charles, you will be limited to the speed of your the ports on your PC, which is USB 2.0. The USB 3.0 flash drive will work fine with you ports, since they are backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

USB 3.0 ports feature SuperSpeed transfer, increased bandwidth, better power management and support rotating media.

As far as storage, the main difference between a USB 2.0 and 3.0 flash drive for you would be the speed at which they can transfer data. The data itself isn’t affected. So even if you transferred a file to your USB 3.0 drive from a PC with USB 2.0, if you later wanted to transfer the file to a PC with USB 3.0, you would get the USB 3.0 transfer rate.

~ Cynthia

2 Responses to “USB 3.0 – Will It Speed Up My PC?”

  1. Ken says:

    I have found that because the USB 3.0 sticks are made with better quality than the older USB 2.0 versions, the newer USB 3.0 sticks are faster on USB 2.0 ports on the same machine. I have tried this many times with the same result. An advantage also is on USB 3.0 ports they are tremendously faster. I have an old 128GB USB 2.0 stick that is so slow it is almost unusable. Not sure why, it is a PNY brand stick.

  2. Andy Anderson says:

    You might consider installing a USB 3.0 card into your computer if you have the space for it. I did and it works fine.

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