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Upgrading to USB 2.0 ... damn microsoft

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Soulstones, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. Soulstones

    Soulstones IncGamers Member

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    Upgrading to USB 2.0 ... damn microsoft

    Ok so i bought a 500gb external HD
    I tried moving over some files and it was quite slow... about 5 mins for a bit more than a gig of data, anyway in the manual it says a gig should be transfered in about 18 seconds with USB 2.0.

    So later on in the manual it says to get 2.0 running on windows xp I need to have at least windows xp service pack 1 to work. So I go to microsoft.com and goto upgrades, find service pack 2 (1 apparently isnt supported by microsoft anymore). So i click the link to d/l it and it brings me to a page where it starts looking for new essential updates. The updater grabbed a few updates, so then i thought once my comp was updated Id be able to get the service pack... but no luck.
    So now im stuck with USB1 . Help plz
     
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    {KOW}Spazed Banned

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    You have to have a USB 2.0 card for it too.

    You will never get a gig of data in 18 seconds from USB 2.0, that is a theoretical max. You're hard drive won't deliver enough info to move data that quickly.
     
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    A gig in 5 minutes sure doesn't sound like USB1 speed to me.
     
  5. Sokar Rostau

    Sokar Rostau IncGamers Member

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    It takes my elderly Mac with USB1 ports a lot longer than five minutes to transfer a gig to my USB2 external HDD. Then again, I've abused this box so much for so long without it breaking down that it has to show its age somehow.
     
  6. Johnny

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    I dont think USB 2.0 is software. Its hardware.


    Sort of like you cant update your CDROM to play DVDs with a program.
     
  7. Soulstones

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    my computer is usb 2 capable
     
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    usb 2.0 ports will work with 1.1 drivers but only at the 1.1 speed
    when i boot to dos with usb my memory stick it only transferrs stuff at the 1.1 speed even though the stick and port are both 2.0
     
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    As I said, it depends on your setup. An old hard drive and slower processor won't get anywhere max speed.


    As Durf said, 5 minutes really isn't that bad. If you plug the drive in and check in the device manager it should say what speed it is running at.

    Either way FireWire 400/800 has consistently been faster for me. If your drive supports it and you are willing to drop another 15$ on a card it could be worth it.
     
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    I don't think 1 gig in five minutes is awful. I mean, it's not great, but 5 minutes isn't that bad in my experience.

    My brother's external hard drive took about 45mins-an hour to xfer all of his music (around 20 GB?)...so I think you're doing about average there.
     

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