USB 2.0 and 3.0

Is a USB 2.0 input compatible with a 3.0 input?
Can I use a USB 2.0 pendive in a 3.0 input?

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  1. USB 2.0 devices backward compatible with USB 3.0. It will operate at USB 2 speeds.
  2. Yes usb 3.0 is backwards compatible with all versions. You will be running at 2.0 speeds since the device is 2.0.
  3. My father just bought a notebook and he says it has 1 2.0 usb input and 2 3.0 usb inputs, and it makes no sense. And he says the 3.0 connector is physically different from the 2.0

    So I guess he is totally wrong! Right!?
  4. USB 3.0 uses 9 pins and USB 2.0 uses 4 pins. A USB 2.0 plug will connect to 4 of the pins of a USB 3.0 jack. A USB 2.0 device can plug into a USB 3.0 jack and a USB 3.0 device can plug into a USB 2.0 jack. Both will operate at 480 Mbs, where as USB 3.0 will operate at 4.8 Gbs.
  5. This is how a USB 2.0 cable can be plugged into a USB 3.0 socket:

    Notice how the "square" plug on the end of the USB 2.0 cable fits into just the lower half of the USB 3.0 socket. A USB 3.0 cable has an extra "hump" on the top of the plug that contains more connectors which lets it transfer data more quickly.
  6. The normal full size usb 2 and 3 looks the same but the mini and micro connection are different with extra bits sticking out on usb 3. So a usb 3 mini and micro port can be used with both 2 and 3 cable, however a usb 3 cable with mini or micro connector cannot be used in usb 2 port because the extra hanging bit will not fit.
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