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Does USB 3.0 work reliably in XP?

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October 12, 2011 2:24:12 PM

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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    a c 93 G Storage
    October 12, 2011 4:01:49 PM

    It will work as a USB 2.0 device on the older hardware, just fine. Not an issue in the vast majority of situations.
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    October 12, 2011 5:04:08 PM

    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
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    a c 93 G Storage
    October 12, 2011 5:24:25 PM

    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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