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phantom8
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how do i find out if my usb port is 2.0 or 3.0

Wanting to purchase an external hard drive for my notebook to back up my photos.  How do I determine if I have a USB 2 or 3.

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Dragon-Fur
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Re: how do i find out if my usb port is 2.0 or 3.0

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Phantom8,

 

Welcome the forum!

 

You will love this. Low Tech Solution - quick and easy.

 

Get a flashlight (or a torch if you are English), point it at the bottom of the notebook along the edge next to the USB port --- and peer ever so closely at the USB port.  Brilliant designers made the print black on gray.

 

If you see usb_ss.PNG  , that is the "SS" next to the network sign, then the USB is a SuperSpeed USB 3.0.  If you do not see the "SS", the USB is the older, slower, USB 2.0.

 

NOTE:  The USB 3.0 ports are probably on the left side of the notebook as you look at it from the front.

 

USB 3.0 will run 3.0, 2.0 (and 1.x) devices. 

 

 

 

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csorcabal
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Re: how do i find out if my usb port is 2.0 or 3.0

Good job.
finally founfd answer
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Graham007
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Great - i did not know that!!
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Boosan
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Re: how do i find out if my usb port is 2.0 or 3.0

Easy way to identify a USB  port is to peer inside and check what colour the connecting part inside is.

 

USB 3.0 are coloured Blue.

USB 2.0 are coloured Grey

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Sbergstc
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Yep, there it is printed just below the port itself. Never would have thought it would be that easy... :smileyhappy:

sberg

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Hashim-Shafiq
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good
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