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How To Identify A USB 3.0 Flash Drive In Windows File Explorer?

Physically, you can easily identify a USB 3.0 flash drive by looking for label printed on chassis or the blue color of connector, with reference to Wikipedia.

If you cannot see it physically (during remote access), then you’ll rely on software to identify or confirm a USB 3.0 flash drive is attaching to USB 3.0 host port, in order to harness the SuperSpeed USB (SS) that can transfer data at up to 5 Gbit/s (625 MB/s).

How to check if there is USB 3.0 flash drive attaching to UBS 3.0 host port?

Open Windows 10 File Explorer:

1. Click on View tab and check if the “Detail Pane” is turned on (referring to highlighted boxes at the top end of image). If it’s off, click it to turn on.

2. Click “This PC” on left pane, highlight to select the USB drive (in middle pane) – then you will find the right pane (detail pane) showing either “Connected to USB 3.0” or “Device can perform faster when connected to USB 3.0”:

Windows 10 File Explorer can help to confirm or check if a USB 3.0 thumb drive is attached to USB 3.0 host port.
The Windows 10 File Explorer won’t show any connection related message for a USB 1.0/2.0 flash drive – FYI.

If you see that message shown in image, call someone who can approach to that computer and attach the flash drive to a “blue” host port.

How to check if a computer has USB 3.0 host port?

1. Click Start button, type “device manager”, click the Device Manager shortcut appears in the search list. Alternatively, go to Control Panel and click Device Manager.

Device Manager shows sign of USB 3.0 host port existence

2. Look for Universal Serial Bus Controller. There you will find an explicit item call USB 3.0 or “eXtensible host controller” or “xHCI” – that’s sign of USB 3.0 port existence.

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