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[Thunder Dock] Can I achieve USB 3.0 speeds on a USB 2.0 host?

Yes! Even when your host computer supports only USB 2.0, if you access a USB 3.0 drive that is connected to the AKiTiO Thunder Dock, you can achieve USB 3.0 transfer rates.

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Test Environment

  • Docking station: AKiTiO Thunder Dock
  • Host computer: Mac mini (mid 2011)
  • Operating system: Mac OS X 10.9
  • External storage: aDrive U3 with Samsung 1TB SSD

USB drive connected to computer via USB 2.0

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USB drive connected to docking station via USB 3.0

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