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Can I connect and use USB 3.0 device to laptop with USB 2.0 ports?

By cjp
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Can I connect and use USB 3.0 device to laptop with USB 2.0 ports?

I have a MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010). It is pretty dated in terms of technology, and it uses two USB 2.0 ports that transfer data up to only 480 Mbps. However, I want to purchase USB 3.0 because I may need to get a new device in the near future anyway. What happens if I plug in a custom USB 3.0 flash drive into my device with USB 2.0 ports? Are they backwards compatible? 

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By USB Direct
Great question CJP,

The USB 3.0 drives which we supply are 100% backwards compatible and will work extremely well in a USB 2.0 port.  In fact, you will see a “max-out” performance on the throughput of data when you use a USB 3.0 drive in a 2.0 port.  This means that, due to various regular component performances, the USB 3.0 drives will actually perform better read and write speeds than a USB 2.0 drive plugged into the same port.  While you won’t get the speed up to where you get it when plugged into an actual USB 3.0 port, you will definitely notice the difference, especially when using it to transfer large files.
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