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  1. #1
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    Feb 2000
    Coquitlam BC Canada

    will my 3.0 usb drive work on my 10 yr HP?

    just bought an external usb 3.0 cd/dvd reader /writer and as good as reviews have it . need to know if my 10 yr old HP elitebook 8730w will handle it ok..
    running windows 10 see sig ..

    and also the specifications state this : .
    Please hook up the device to the direct USB port on your computer. If you connect it to a
    USB hub or extension cords, it maybe cannot recognize the Driver or not read the CD/DVD.

    Question I have 4 usb ports which one is 'direct' I have 3 on right side and one one left side below the hdmi port ..

    Intel (R) Core TM 2 Duo CPU P8400 @ 2.26 GHz 2.27 GHz 4.00 GB memory/ HP laptop elitebook 8730// //Firefox Quantum 61.0.1 64bit// Windows 10 //1809 (OS Build 17763.253) 64bit /// dual boot windows 10 & Windows XP Professional_ SP3/ /with Firefox ESR 52.1.0 - 32 bit 4 GB Memory/ AMD Radeon HD 7700 series Video Card//N68C-GS FX2.00 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core /

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    Mar 2009
    Arkham Asylum, Cell 13
    Direct would be any of the ports on the laptop itself, not a hub. That's probably due to the power requirements of the drive. It may work on a powered hub, though.

    I'm guessing you only have USB2.0 ports. Some external drives have 2 USB plugs. USB2.0 ports provide less power than USB3.0 ports, so you might need to use both USB plugs to provide adequate power.

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