usb 2.0 or 3.0 thumb drive for making osx bootable drive

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  1. Sossity macrumors 6502a

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    I thought since usb ports are now usb 3.0, should I use a usb 3.0 thumb drive to make a bootable intall of maveriks or yosemite?

    I read somewhere that usb 3.0 can be a little unstable.

    would it be much faster or better?

    or would usb 2.0 be fine? would there be much difference?
     
  2. Sossity thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    anybody?

    I meant when one makes a bootable thumb drive to install osx, instead of going through the long download process.
     
  3. Rileyx2 macrumors member

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    USB 3.0 drives should be fine now.

    Maybe there were issues early on, but I tried recently with a 3.0 drive and didn't have any issues.
     
  4. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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    Either should be fine. I made one today and had no issues.
     
  5. jdphoto macrumors 6502

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    Recently made a Yosemite install flash drive on USB 3.0 was amazingly fast, definitely worth it.
     
  6. Butchie-T macrumors regular

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    USB 2.0 is fine and they are cheaper too. The difference in speed is no real advantage IMHO when making a bootdisk.
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP asked:
    [[ would it be much faster or better? ]]

    In my opinion, yes, faster.
    And faster = better.
     

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