Why don’t my USB 2.0 flash drives work in USB 3.0 ports?

May 28, 2014
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I just purchased a Toshiba Satellite laptop. It has 4 USB 3.0 ports; I have a 2.0 USB flash drive.

I cannot insert the USB 2.0 flash drive into any of the 3.0 ports.

Is there an adapter or another solution?

  1. Oron J
    May 29, 2014 at 9:46 am

    As Matt says, this does not make sense. USB "A" connectors (the type you get on laptops, USB drives etc) are physically the same for USB 2.0 & 3.0, except that in USB 3.0 the little connector plates are usually coloured blue...

    I suggest reading the laptop's manual, which may help to shed light on this.

  2. Matt S
    May 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    You can't insert them? As in, they physically won't fit? That doesn't make much sense, the connectors are the same size and shape.