Does USB 3.0 work reliably in XP?

Hi,
In shopping for a new drive, it seems that USB3.0 is not much more expensive and I have USB3.0 on my PC. However, I use will use it for work and I have to connect to a variety of Windows OSes down to XP and maybe Server 2000. Has anyone had experience working with a USB3.0 drive in older hardware and Operating Systems?

I would like to replace my old Sandisk Cruzer 2GB with a new thumb drive. I really like my old one, it has a nice metal body ( it looks like this one but is made by Sandisk ) and I have carried it on my keychain with no cap. It has lasted me since about 2006 without issue.

I would like to get another thumb drive drive with these characteristics:
carry on my keychain
physically small as possible
the faster the better
I think 16 or 32 GB makes sense price wise (up to maybe $50).
eliable

I am looking at these at the moment:
Patriot Bolt
Patriot Supersonic Xpress
Team F108

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Thanks,
John
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  1. It will work as a USB 2.0 device on the older hardware, just fine. Not an issue in the vast majority of situations.
  2. COLGeek said:
    It will work as a USB 2.0 device on the older hardware, just fine. Not an issue in the vast majority of situations.

    Thanks!
    Yes, operating at 2.0 without a 3.0 controller.
    Is there a capacity limit other than 128gb (or whatever that limit was...).

    Do you have a 3.0 drive? Do you have any comments on the ones I am looking at?
    Thanks again!
    John
  3. As far as the XP machine is concerned, it will simply be a USB 2.0 device. So, no 128GB limit.....

    Have fun!
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