Windows 10: USB connection question Solved

  1.    26 Dec 2017 #1

    USB connection question

    I'm upgrading to a new PC (Asus) that has USB 3.1 ports. I have 3 USB 3.0 drives to connect. Question is do I need a adapter or a connecter, or will the USB 3.0 male fit into the USB 3.1 port?

    As you can tell, I'm not up on the new USB questions.

    Thanks for any help.
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 10,584
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       26 Dec 2017 #2

    Hi GRGibson.

    USB standards and port types are in some way different asks. USB3.1 come in the Type A connector, the traditional rectangular shape, and the newer Type C that does not have to be oriented to be connected.

    Type A is the rectangular plug that has to be oriented right to be inserted, always as PIA.

    Type C is small oval which does not have to be oriented, it just plugs in.

    USB 3.1 comes as a Gen 1 or a Gen 2.

    Honestly you should have no problems with your older devices but check that there are enough Type A ports to connect your devices. In new devices Type C ports are appearing but there will likely only be one.

    Even on Asus high end motherboards there is usually only one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C port. ( and a header for a second )

    So have a look at your machine specs or pictures or rear ports and ask how many USB 3.1 Gen 1 with Type A connectors are there?

    Does this meet your needs.
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  3.    27 Dec 2017 #3

    Caledon Ken - Thanks so much for you reply and great info. The unit comes with 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 on the front panel and 2 USB 3.0 Gen 1 ports in the rear. Looks like I'm good to go.

    Thanks again.
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  4. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 10,584
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       27 Dec 2017 #4

    Great. Always nice getting a new computer. Good luck.
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