Will a USB 2.0 external hard drive work with an older USB port?

Will it not work at all, or will it just work slower? Or is it specific to the drive?

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The hard drive will operate at the speed of the older USB port. All USB 2.0 devices are backwards compatible with their 1.0 ancestors.

  • 4 years ago

    it is going to paintings, yet at decreased speed. even nonetheless, with an previous computer you will not understand the version. seem on your gadget supervisor and verify the USB controllers. in case you do not see "more desirable", you have a million.a million. A 2.0 PCI card is quite low-priced, and nicely well worth the money. you are able to upload 4 exterior and a million inner by PCI.

  • 1 decade ago

    It should just work slower - there can always be exceptions, but USB2 is generally considered backward compatible and it should work just fine, just much slower.

    Strongly recommend you get a USB 2.0 PC CARD or PCI card for your system (PC CARD for laptop, PCI for desktop).

  • Yes it will work.

    I have an 80gb external USB2.0 hdd caddy plugged into the USB1.1 port on my laptop. Works fine, just slow.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It will work if you have windows 98se or later version...It will be some slower but will be fine

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yes but but how old, and yes but often you 2.0 device will slow or default to the slower device. you could always flash your bios ???????????????????????

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