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Old 12-08-08, 02:06 PM   #1
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usb 1/usb 2

Is it just a software thing to switch from old usb to usb 2, or is a new card needed too? Basically, my wife wants to get me an external hard drive but they are pretty much only available in firewire or usb 2.
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Old 12-08-08, 02:08 PM   #2
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USB 1 to USB 1.1 is a software/firmware update.

USB 2.0 would be a hardware upgrade.

MOST of the time, that USB2 device will work with a USB1.1 connection (just slower). SO, update your 1.0 to 1.1 (it actually probably already is), and use a USB2 device. *Not ALL USB 2.0 will work with 1.1, but I think most harddrives will.
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Old 12-08-08, 02:35 PM   #3
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What SonataInFSharp said.

You should be able to pick up a USB 2.0 card fairly cheap, though. The last one I picked up was less than $10 (3-ports), and the one before that was about $15 (5-ports).
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I might have our 2.0 card - maybe 6 months or less of use on it - if you'd like, pay shipping and its yours (Gotta check and see if still there though)
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Old 12-08-08, 03:04 PM   #5
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Thanks! And pgoat sure pm me if you have it and I will send you $$
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Old 12-08-08, 05:27 PM   #6
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the speed difference is worth the cost.
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Old 12-08-08, 05:28 PM   #7
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SonataInFSharp got it.

If you want to do any sort of large-size data transfer between storage devices, USB 2.0 is highly recommended.
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Old 12-08-08, 07:54 PM   #8
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If you want to do any sort of large-size data transfer between storage devices, Firewire is highly recommended.
Fixed. USB2 is better than USB 1.x, but it's still pretty pathetic.
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fixed. Usb2 is better than usb 1.x, but it's still pretty pathetic.
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