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Old 12-18-2015, 12:11 PM   #1
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Dell Dimension 9100 XP Pro SP3

I plugged an Ext HDD into a port on the back of the computer, as I have done many times, before. This time, I saw something I had never seen before. I got a window in Sys Tray, telling me the drive would work faster if plugged into certain other 2.0 ports. It offered to show me those other ports. Before I could click on the message, it went away. How can I get this message to show, again.
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If your drive is not getting enough power, the computer will think that this drive is being plugged into a USB 1.1 port and not a USB 2.0 port, and it will suggest the USB 2.0 ports to use.
Go to Start/Search and type devmgmt.msc, right click the devmgmt results and Run As Administrator. In the Elevated Device Manager, are there any devices with yellow flags? Or Under Universal Serial Bus Controllers, is there an Unknown Device? If so, right click and Uninstall. Remove the USB cable for the drive from the computer end and restart the computer.
If the External HDD has it's own Power Adapter be sure to use it and plug it directly into the Wall and not through a power strip or extension cord as this diminishes the power. When the computer comes back up, plug it into a different USB port in the Back of the computer and not the front as these ports are weaker. You should get New Hardware Found and not see that message again.
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Heck. Since all my ports are 2.0, I thought this message was going to show me which 2.0 ports were fastest.

So much to learn, so little time.

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All USB 2.0 ports transfer data at the same speed (eg) Up to 480 mbps (eg) mega bits per second. No faster or slower. Your mileage may vary.
The front USB ports on the desktop computer don't provide as much power as the rear USB ports as they are attached to the motherboard via a cable, where as the rear USB ports are soldered onto the motherboard. So the Rear USB ports are better for USB Mass Storage devices like USB HDD's, Flash Drives or Camera's.
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