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Hi All,

As the title suggests that is my basic question, I have 2 PC's (both custom built a NAS and the Phantom in my signature) which I am wondering to hook up using a USB 3.0 cable and transfer files, just to take advantage of the much faster connection speeds, even when compared to transfer over a Gigabit Ethernet connection!

Is this possible? Can we get 2 PC's hooked up via their USB 3.0 connectors? I know there are bridge cables which allow us to do this for USB 2.0 but can't find anything for USB 3.0, does anyone here know of anything which would let me do this?

A cable, a hub/converter - any piece of equipment which would allow me to transfer data between 2 computers just like I would between my computer and a USB 3.0 external HDD.

I have the WD My Book Essential 3TB USB 3.0 - which is blazing fast at around 120 MB/s transfer rate on an average. So I would like to connect my NAS to the desktop via the USB 3.0 ports available on both and then share it to the other machines over the Gig Ethernet.

All help and advice appreciated! Thanks in advance!
 
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Just use a USB2.0 cable, the cables are identical, it's the same story with SATA cables.
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Just use a USB2.0 cable, the cables are identical, it's the same story with SATA cables.

this is not true USB 3.0 Cables are not the same as USB 2.0 they connectors are but the cable itself on USB 2.0 has 4 wires and USB3.0 has five more wires in it for a total of 9 so no they are not identical
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Just use a USB2.0 cable, the cables are identical, it's the same story with SATA cables.

Do you mean that I would be able to get USB 3.0 transfer rates using a USB 2.0 bridge cable? You sure about that!
 
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No, USB 3.0 have much higher speeds than 2.0
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Look for a belkin easy transfer cable. Im not sure if they have a USB 3.0 yet but basically lets you transfer files between computers with a USB.

If the computers are both running Windows 7 it has easy transfer built in and all you may need is a male/male cable.
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Look for a belkin easy transfer cable. Im not sure if they have a USB 3.0 yet but basically lets you transfer files between computers with a USB.
If the computers are both running Windows 7 it has easy transfer built in and all you may need is a male/male cable.

The belkin cable you are refering to is a USB 2.0 bridge cable, which won't give me the transfer rates that I have with USB 3.0.

Using a male-male USB 3.0 cable is what I had thought of doing it intitally but then I read this:
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The first thing you should be aware of is that there are several different kinds of USB-USB cables on the market. The one used to connect two PCs is called bridged (or USB networking cable), because it has a small electronic circuit in the middle allowing the two PCs to talk to each other. There are called A/A USB cables that, in spite of having two standard USB connectors at each end, don’t have a bridge chip and cannot be used to connect two PCs. In fact, if you use an A/A USB cable, you can burn the USB ports of your computers or even their power supplies. So, these A/A USB cables are completely useless.
- Source

So I am kinda skeptical from trying that to find out, but that article is quite dated and they are talking about USB 2.0 there, so I do not know whether USB 3.0 has changed anything on that front, but till I know for sure I'm not going to risk frying anything! smile.gif
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No, USB 3.0 have much higher speeds than 2.0

Thanks! I'm aware of that hence the specific question -
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Can we get 2 PC's hooked up via their USB 3.0 connectors? I know there are bridge cables which allow us to do this for USB 2.0 but can't find anything for USB 3.0, does anyone here know of anything which would let me do this?

Any suggestions / links / articles etc etc please.
 
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Comparing both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 cables - other than the buffer on these these cables controlling the speed, i would think these cables may have the same speed..The reason i say that i have seen 1.1 usb cables work as fast as 2.0 usb cables..

Can anyone weight in on this - saw this while searching the net, if that is true like overclocker23578 said
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Just use a USB2.0 cable, the cables are identical, it's the same story with SATA cables.
- then a USB 2.0 cable would work fine, wouldn't it?

Does anyone here know for sure?
 
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usb 1.1 and 2.0 cables are physically the same, their connectors has 4 pins and the cable itself has 4 wires bundled together.
usb 3.0 is totally different, it's connector has 9 pins, the cable has 9 wires bundled together. get your facts straight.

look at the connectors, the blue one is the 3.0, notice the 5 extra connetors at the top next to the 4 pin connectors.

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sata ii and sata iii cables are just the same, but usb 2.0 and usb 3.0 is not.
you won't gonna get usb 3.0 speeds if you use usb 2.0 cables
don't believe those people that doesn't actually have usb 3.0 system, they are just speculating things
Edited by ghostrider85 - 3/6/12 at 12:59pm
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usb 1.1 and 2.0 cables are physically the same, their connectors has 4 pins and the cable itself has 4 wires bundled together.
usb 3.0 is totally different, it's connector has 9 pins, the cable has 9 wires bundled together. get your facts straight.
look at the connectors, the blue one is the 3.0, notice the 5 extra connetors at the top next to the 4 pin connectors.
sata ii and sata iii cables are just the same, but usb 2.0 and usb 3.0 is not.
you won't gonna get usb 3.0 speeds if you use usb 2.0 cables
don't believe those people that doesn't actually have usb 3.0 system, they are just speculating things

Thanks for the information and the pictures but avoid the snotty remarks next time, or better just avoid answering.

Whew...I mean ... I was asking a question based on information I got from somewhere else on the net (probably another teenager like you who thinks he knows everything about technology because he built A computer) and that person also did not claim that as the absolute truth, he was testing out a logical hypothesis (if you want to get technical)! It could be right or wrong, so there are no facts here to get right - how full are you with ....yourself?

Did you forget to read the OP in your hurry to share the little bit of knowledge you have? Do you have a solution/answer for the issue posted there? If you do I'm all ears, otherwise spare me.
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