USB 3.0 Cable extension

I have a USB 3 External hard drive. The problem is that the USB 3 cable I have is too short. Can I plug the USB 3.0 cable into a USB 2.0 Male to USB 2.0 Female cable ? I'm at work so Just though I'd ask you guys for an opinion.

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  1. According to this, section 5 talks about how USB 3 and USB 2 cables are different.

    It would have made sense for the design to be backwards compatible but that doesn't mean it will be. I think it will be safe to try. If the drive was to get enough power to operate, I'd expect it to work at USB 2 speeds.

    Give it a shot and let us know the results!
  2. So after a little testing here's what i've got.

    Testing done with WD Passport 500GB USB 3.0
    Size of File Copied 4 GB

    1) 2 Feet USB 2.0 Cable Male to Female - Male going into the M/b USB 3.0 Slot and Female has a USB 3.0 cable Plugged into it

    Time Take 2.28 Minutes

    2)USB 2.0 Cable into USB 2.0 Slot

    Time Taken 2.21 Minutes

    3) USB 3.0 cable into USB 3.0

    Time Taken - 1.09 Minutes

    4)Just for heck of it, Using a eSATA Cable on a 2TB 5400 RPM drive

    Time Taken 0.56 Minutes
  3. Thanks for posting your results Sl4y3r. Looks like the speeds dropped to SATA 2 for your extension cable.
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