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I know motherboards need USB 3.0 drivers to work. Can I just use a USB flash drive and use it on a 2.0 header without any issues, or might I have difficulty because the drive is USB 3?
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post #2 of 6

I installed Windows 7 from a USB flash drive through the USB 2.0 front panel port on my case. It was very easy and very fast. It was just like using the DVD, only faster. I didn't need any drivers.

 

I just used the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool and I was good to go.


Edited by TwoCables - 8/23/16 at 6:19pm
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post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
That isn't the problem. My question is, since the drive is usb 3, will that cause problems, even though it will go through a motherboard usb 2 connector
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post #4 of 6

Pretty sure usb is back wards compatible like a 3.0 drive will work in a 2.0 or 1.0 but with slower speeds. 

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post #5 of 6
Most if not all USB 3.0 Flash drive devices are backwards compatible with 2.0. In fact my old Z87 motherboard got whiny when I tried to install windows using a 3.0 port asking for (USB3.0) drivers before proceeding.
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post #6 of 6

Oh. Yeah, it's backwards compatible. You won't need a driver.

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