Last Saturday I decided to buy my external enclosures from an actual store rather than via the Internet. I wanted to be sure that I was buying the right thing. I took digital photos of my HDD and partially disassembled cd player enclosure, but also brought the cd player & enclosure with me. I went to Altex, as they seem to carry decent stuff and have great personalized customer service. After exploring options, the guy helping me told me that I do, indeed, have a USB connection on my cd enclosure! He pointed it out to me. I only plug in every three or four years, so I did not recognize the more squarish connector as being the "other" USB port. Once he pointed this out, I was hit simultaneously with startled recollection as well as a hot heatwave of embarrasment. I apologized profusely for having used up this guy's time needlessly. It wasn't a big deal to him. Man, I can be a dunce sometimes.
The purchase of the USB 3.0 HDD external enclosure was much more straight forward. I bought a BYTECC (same mfr. as my cd enclosure), "Super Speed USB 3.0 to SATA 3.5" Enclosure," Model ME360-SU3. The back of the box (packaging) noted: "USB 3.0 host driver is currently available for Windows 7, vista and XP" I thought that I could just plug in and Win7 would recognize it and it would be smooth sailing. So, I assembled my old original HDD (the one I wanted the Favorites folder from), and plugged into a USB 3.0 port. (The enclosure comes with a very nice USB 3.0 cable.) I heard the familiar hardware recognition "boing" and then the small window came up that said the driver was being installed. I was very surprised when the process reported that the installation of the HDD failed! I repeated this a few times, hoping in vain that somehow, with repeated attempts, that the correct driver would be installed. I assumed it would be a generic USB 3.0 driver already part of the OS. I was thinking that maybe I had a loose connection inside the enclosure, etc., but thought I plug into a USB 2.0 port to see if that worked. I did, and I was up & going in a few seconds! Win7 has this "Easy Transfer" feature, and I installed it, but decided to simply copy my old Favorites folder contents over to (what is now called) the "Favorites Bar" folder. No sweat, although I was sort of wishing that the transfer was going at "super speed." But I was relieved that the transfer was easy and successful.
So, I understand that the enclosure determines the USB speed, but I've been thinking why my HDD/3.0 enclosure did not work at 3.0. I re-read every word on the back of the HDD enclosure's box, and at the very bottom of listed info I read: "Note: For maximum data throughput, use a SATA 3Gb/s hard disk with the enclosure and connect to a USB 3.0 port." I noticed on the labeling on my Samsung HDD that it was made in 2001, and am thinking that maybe my HDD simply was not capable of that rate of transfer; maybe that's why installation failed...?
I went into the computer's/OS's control panel and tried to see if everything was working OK. It seemed to be. I don't know. Maybe I have to go to MS downloads and specifically retrieve the proper USB 3.0 driver. But you'd think that with Win7 installed on a computer manufactured with USB 3.0 ports that this would be taken care of. I assumed this, and is why I'm thinking my HDD is just not up to the task of operating as a 3.0 device.
Well, that's my most recent computing adventure. Any thoughts on why my old HDD did not operate at 3.0 are welcome. Thanks.