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Computer Data Backup & Transfer: The Need for USB 3.0

Clifford T Johnson, P.E., CSE

Course Outline

This course will introduce you to the need for a faster and more efficient USB serial method of transferring data to computer storage devices and peripheral devices due to the much larger Hard Drives and the solid state memories that have been develop since the introduction of the USB in the late 90s.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, this course will learn:

Intended Audience

All engineering involves the production of massive amounts of technical date that is generated by computers. Since computers do crash or are infected as certain as the dun comes up, this data must be backed up on a regular basis.  Large A/E firms do backups with there networks, but smaller and one man operations (as I am) must have a method that is available on an individual computer basis. One very good method is with a external hard drive and this is what the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 had in mind.

Course Introduction

USB 3.0, also referred to as “SuperSpeed USB”, is the latest and most advanced development of the Universal Serial Bus host adapter protocol to be promoted by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF)i. The new interface builds on the “universal” convenience offered by the USB standard; while delivering improved performance and data transfer speeds between USB 3.0-capable devices.

Course Content

The course content is contained in the following PDF file:

Computer Data Backup & Transfer: The Need for USB 3.0

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you still experience any difficulty in downloading or opening this file, you may need to close some applications or reboot your computer to free up some memory.

Course Summary

By the end of the course you should be able to determine if you need to upgrade your computer to the new USB 3.0 standard for serial connectivity and the types of devices and cables you require. If you are planning on procuring new computers in the near future you will surly want to be sure that they are equipped with the new standard.

Related Links

This course is not intended to be used as a stand-alone document. It is recommended to refer to the following courses available online:

Dispersed through the course are links to various articles that are relevant.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.