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    Usb 3.0?

    This may seem like a stupid question, but...

    On my [new] laptop, I have 2 each ESB 2.0/3.0 ports.

    How do I tell which is which?

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    The USB 3 ports will have blue plastic tabs in them, the USB 2 will have black.
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    Ted, taking a closer look [magnified], I see no difference in colors, although one of outlets has the [SB?] symbol, while the other, has the symbol and SS -- Super Speed? USB3.0?

    I'm surprised there's not a way to tell within Windows...

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    No way from within windows that I am aware of. Just look at the USB ports on the outside of the PC. The orientation tab is generally blue for USB3 and black for USB2.

    usb_3_0_A_Male_Tri.jpg usb3-0connectorov.jpg

    The female end should also have the blue orientation tab.

    Sorry for the less than stellar pictures. Best I could find on short notice.
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    So the USB thumb drive I am using there is 2.0...but what of the connection on the machine? They are all "black", but, according to specs, 2 are 3.0

    And your pics aren't bad at all Ted...unless of course you are thinking of entering the USB Portal Photo Shoot-Out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWBillow View Post
    This may seem like a stupid question, but...

    On my [new] laptop, I have 2 each ESB 2.0/3.0 ports.

    How do I tell which is which?

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    Look through the original documentation that came with your computer or go to it's manufacturer's site and download a specification manual.
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    Yea, what PC? I thought all USB3 were the Blue tabs to identify them from the USB2.
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    Yeah, typically a blue USB port will denote USB 3.0 capability.
    But ones documentation will either confirm or refute when in doubt.

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    Ted/Clint:

    The laptop is an HP. The docs say 2 USB 3 ports...I'll just have to paw around and figure which is which...

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    A USB 3.0 port may also have the little "+" sign added to the USB symbol, like this:
    usbport.jpg

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    Clint, that MAY be what the "SS" is by mine.
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    I can't answer that question, Clint, 'case I am at best just knowledgeable to get myself in trouble about hardware!

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    Don't know which model you have Chuck, but I found this for a HP laptop:

    You are going to love this. I have 3.0 USB on my dv7.
    Get a bright light and shine in on the left side of the notebook.
    Now get a magnifying glass and look carefully next to the USB ports.
    The 3.0 ports are marked with the "SuperSpeed" logo. "SS"

    Similar to this, but very, very tiny!


    To get maximum speed, use only with usb 3.0 devices - external drives, usb sticks, etc., made to run with this technology. There is absolutely no harm in using the ports with usb 2 devices. I have found that using a usb 3 external drive connected directly to the onboard usb 3 port works better than connecting that same drive to to a high quality usb 3 hub. There is the slightest bit of latency in the hub vs the direct connect. Personal choice. My other usb 3 devices are fine for my uses on the SIIG Hub - it's a very fine quality device, IMO.


    I guess HP has to be different and use the above symbol or similar. Seems to me the Blue Tabs would have been easier to identify at a glance. Oh well who said HP wanted to make things easy.
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    Ted, yea, that's what I see on mine. At last I know what the hey I am looking for now!

    Si9nce the port is 3.0, do I need 3.0 compatible devices? Too confusing...making me old...
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    To enjoy the increase in speed, yes, but USB 2 devices will work on these ports just fine. There are not many USB 3 devices yet. Ext USB HD's can be found in USB 3 variety. There may be flash drives as well.
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