What kind of cable does this external hard drive use?

By Jskid
Jul 10, 2013
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  1. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,082   +1,184

    A USB 2.0 cable will work. However the drive is USB 3.0 capable and if your PC has a USB 3.0 port you will want a cable like the one you linked. A USB 3.0 cable would be required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds. Also a USB 3.0 cable is backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports, so getting the USB 3.0 cable even if your PC only supports USB 2.0 is future proofing.
  2. Jskid

    Jskid TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 425

    But what I'm asking is what's the connector on the other end? micro usb?
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,082   +1,184

    USB 3.0 Micro-B connector
    [​IMG]

    The same as the USB 2.0 Micro-B with additional pins to support 3.0 specs, making the connector wider.
  4. Jskid

    Jskid TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 425

  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,082   +1,184

    They appear to be of the same quality and length, just made by different manufacturers.


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