usb 3 external drive connected to usb2 port bootable?

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  1. macmesser macrumors 6502a

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    Can a Mac boot from a usb 3 drive connected to its usb 2 port?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    In most cases, yes. Most USB 3 drives are backwards compatible with USB 2 and USB 1.
     
  3. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The only time it would raise an issue is on old G3 systems without firmware updates. They are backwards compatible for the most part as Intell stated.
     
  4. macmesser thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks.

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