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Prediction and reality are two very different things

Other factors that come into play are the type of files being backed up. For example loads of small files will take longer than than a few large ones.

Fragmentation will increase the read time, the speed of the drive can also have an effect.

If you have antivirus running that will have an impact as well.
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It should be very obvious. It's a bright blue. Any other colour of USB port will be USB2.

The USB 3 standard only recommends that they be blue and labelled with "SS" for Super Speed; I've seen a few that are labelled but not blue and vice versa, so it may be worth looking more closely if you can't immediately locate a suitable port.
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Yellow means it can still provide charge if the computer is turned off. (Assuming BIOS settings are set to allow this.)
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Just to be clear, this is what you are looking for.

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USB3 ports have a blue tang, whereas non USB3 ones have a black or yellow one.

Oh, wow!  I never realised that's what that means!
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Sadly I can see either,even with a torch and magnifying glass.  :mad:
It should be very obvious. It's a bright blue. Any other colour of USB port will be USB2.
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Sadly I can see either,even with a torch and magnifying glass.  :mad:
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I have decided to try a paid for Acronis, which I used many moons ago. It is predicting to be much quicker, about 8 hours instead of 14. How do I know which of my usb ports are 3.0? I've tried looking on the wbb site for the motherboard, but am simply confused by the information.
USB3 ports have a blue tang, whereas non USB3 ones have a black or yellow one.
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I have decided to try a paid for Acronis, which I used many moons ago. It is predicting to be much quicker, about 8 hours instead of 14. How do I know which of my usb ports are 3.0? I've tried looking on the wbb site for the motherboard, but am simply confused by the information.
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The first full backup will take longer than subsequent ones, which can either be incremental or differential, either of which should only backup files added or changed since the last backup.  There's lots of different websites which will explain the difference between differential and incremental backups, but you could start here:

https://www.computerweekly.com/news/1347703/Incremental-vs-differential-backup-A-comparison

If your backups are always taking up to 12 hours, then that would suggest that you are doing Full ones each time.  Of course, differential and incremental backups will only work when you're using the same software to do the full and subsequent backups.
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