Anyone know how to tell which USB ports are Hi speed?

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Anyone know how to tell which USB ports are "Hi speed?"

I read something about some of the USB ports on a computer being hi speed allowing for faster file transfers.

I am backing up my system now to do a factory restore and I want to make sure I am using the fastest ports since these 8 GB transfers are taking sooooooo long. :grumpy:

Thanks
 

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drankin


I read something about some of the USB ports on a computer being hi speed allowing for faster file transfers.

I am backing up my system now to do a factory restore and I want to make sure I am using the fastest ports since these 8 GB transfers are taking sooooooo long. :grumpy:

Thanks
If it's USB 2.0 then it's high speed. Pretty much any computer components released since 2001 are USB 2.0.
 
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I have gone to my device Manager and it appears that only 1 of the ports is Hi-speed, I am just not sure how to figure out which one it is...

I will try plugging a flash drive into all of them and see if anything changes under the device manager...
 
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yeah. i cannot tell which of the 6 ports that I have is 2.0

the computer is at least 5-6 yrs old, so i don't think that they are all 2.0
 
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Anyone know how to interpret this:

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drankin


I couldn't tell you how to discern one from the other. Maybe test each one and time how long it takes to move a 10MB file. The 2.0 one will be at least 20 times faster.
 
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Old trial and error. I like it. :smile:
 
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The ports should be consistent. It would be very odd if 2 were 1.0 and 2 were 2.0
Did you upgrade your PC at some point?
 
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chroot
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If you plug a USB 2.0 device into a 1.0 port, Windows should notify you with a pop-up that says something like "This device can be made to operate faster by using another port."

- Warren
 
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If you plug a USB 2.0 device into a 1.0 port, Windows should notify you with a pop-up that says something like "This device can be made to operate faster by using another port."

- Warren
I recall seeing this before. Not lately though. It makes me wonder if I checked a "Do not show this message again" box.
 
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You can get add-in USB 2.0 cards for a few bucks, but it might be faster to use a wired connection to transfer your files over (assuming you have a 100 mbit network card and another computer with some spare space). The absolute fastest way of backing up lots of data over is to simply throw in a spare hard drive into the computer (using the ATA or SATA connection) and transfer files over. Yeah, I nuke / fix / restore computers fairly regularly.

But given your other question, I'll assume you've managed to back up your data successfully!

EDIT: If you only have one computer, this is the stage at which you acquire the necessary drivers, files, etc. to get your computer up and running, and connected to the net again.
 
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If you plug in a high speed device your pc should say if its not a high speed one. If it says nothing then it is high speed.
 

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