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    So I received 2 USB 3.0 flash drives for Christmas. I have a mid-2011 MBP. I don't have a USB 3.0 port. Is there any way to achieve the 3.0 transfer speed without buying a whole new computer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nudedudewithattitude View Post
    So I received 2 USB 3.0 flash drives for Christmas. I have a mid-2011 MBP. I don't have a USB 3.0 port. Is there any way to achieve the 3.0 transfer speed without buying a whole new computer?
    I just plugged mine in and it worked on the spot, I didn't have to do anything.

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    It works, but the transfer rate is that of my other 2.0 flash drives. Not achieving the 3.0 speeds.

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    not gonna happen ... it's a hardware limitation

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    Unfortunately, that's the best you're gonna get. USB is backward-compatible, but not the other way around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nudedudewithattitude View Post
    It works, but the transfer rate is that of my other 2.0 flash drives. Not achieving the 3.0 speeds.
    R.I.P

    Won't work with older Mac

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    Can anyone recommend a fast (if that's even possible) 2.0 flash drive?

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    I use some Sandisk ones that are decently quick

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    The USB 2.0 technology has pretty much matured, so most devices at this point are going to have roughly the same transfer rates (~300 MB per second). Just stick with the major manufacturers and you can't go wrong.

    Not gonna lie, though, USB 3.0 is pretty sweet... about 4 GB per second

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBang View Post
    The USB 2.0 technology has pretty much matured, so most devices at this point are going to have roughly the same transfer rates (~300 MB per second). Just stick with the major manufacturers and you can't go wrong.

    Not gonna lie, though, USB 3.0 is pretty sweet... about 4 GB per second
    Real world though its only around Twice as fast as USB2.0 drives
    Last edited by deevey; 12-27-2013 at 11:50 AM.

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