USB 3.0 Cable Question

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  1. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    I am considering purchasing an external USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure for a SATA300 hard drive. I have seen a comment from a purchaser of the same enclosure that the hard drive enclosure end of the provided USB 3.0 cable is special and will not fit a USB 2.0 cable.

    I currently only have USB 2.0 on all of my PC's. I want to purchase this USB 3.0 enclosure because I know that it supports 2.0 GB SATA hard drives and it has a cooling fan.

    Question: Will a USB 3.0 cable end that plugs into the PC's USB port fit a PC's USB 2.0 port?

    Thanks in Advance.
     
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    wtsinnc Registered Member

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    It depends on the connector type.
    Type "A" is interchangeable; it will fit either USB 2.0 or USB 3.0.
    Type "B" is generation-specific.
    And there are other variations, such as mini-USB which also has it's particular requirements.

    http://www.pugetsystems.com/articles.php?id=81
     
  4. TheKid7

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    Thanks for your replies.

    I placed the order for the USB 3.0 external SATA enclosure.
     
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