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USB1.1 connection for USB2.0 external HDD

By ghost7 ·
I bought a Samsung 2.5" 80GB USB2.0/1.1 HDD with a general casing. When I connect it to my home PC (Pentium IV 1.7GHz 1GB RAM with USB2 Enhanced Host Controller), I got a USB1.1 connection. The same connection to my notebook (Dell Latitude D800) enables me a USB2.0 connection. I borrowed a few friends' external HDDs' with similar connectivity but manage a USB2.0 connection on both my home PC and notebook. I cannot understand why or is there something I have missed out, hence can anyone help?

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check usb cable

by H_K_N In reply to USB1.1 connection for USB ...

I had a similar experience earlier. I could only get a USB1.1 connection between my PC and usb HDD. The reason appeared to to be the longer usb-cable which I used instead of the original short (which came with the HDD). So, with the original cable I got USB2.0 without any trouble.

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USB problems

by jfuller05 In reply to USB1.1 connection for USB ...

It could be the length of the cable, but I have to ask this question.
When you plug in the usb hdd does your computer have a little balloon pop up in the lower right hand corner saying this device could perform faster on a different port? Maybe your computer doesn't support usb 2.0? If it does, then I would agree with the other person and say it's probably the cable length.

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