Max USB cable length for backup HD?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Qwerty11, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. Qwerty11 macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2010
    I'm wanting to put my backup HD's as far away from my music workstation is possible. The noise they are making is driving me crazy. What is the longest length I can have the USB cable for them?
  2. Hammie macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2009
    Wash, DC Metro
    Without repeaters, about 16 ft. for a USB 2.0. Both USB 1.1 and 3.0 are shorter at around 10 ft.

    I did some research over the summer because I was thinking of running some in-wall USB runs. I actually have one run at around 20 ft. but it is a power only setup. For data transfer, I probably would not want to attempt in fear of errors or corruption of files.

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