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

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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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Phantom8,

 

Welcome the forum!

 

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

 

Get a flashlight (or a torch if you are British), 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; print is black on gray.

 

Look for the logo usb_ss.PNG  , that is the "SS", next to the network sign; "SS" USB denotes the SuperSpeed USB 3.0. 

 

No "SS"?  USB port is USB 2.0

 

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USB  3.0 devices do not plug in all the way - this is normal.

 

 

NOTES:

  • USB 3.0 ports are likely located on the left side edge of the notebook, toward the front.
  • USB 3.0 accomodates most 3.0 devices and many USB 2.0 (and USB 1.x)

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csorcabal
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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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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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Yep, there it is printed just below the port itself. Never would have thought it would be that easy... 🙂

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good
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Sb001
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Not so fast Waldo, HP did NOT color code my HP 18-5110 3.0 usb ports, they only marked them with with the letters SS in black. Maybe I got a very low end HP PC and the blue ports were too expensive to include, they only come with the high end models.

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Thanks, Dragon Fur! I was looking for the same as phantom8. This really helped.

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Well, ok then!   No collors in my case, not in the port, nor in the usb device. Thanx.

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