PC Doctor April 1, 2019

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Dear PC Doctor:

I was in the computer store the other day and I saw that, not only do newer computers lack DVD drives, they also are getting rid of USB ports! Now, the computers have something called a “USB-C.” What can you tell me about this change?



Dear Roger:

The new USB-C is immediately recognizable and something different. It’s oval instead of rectangular, and there’s no up or down. (You won’t have to peer inside it to figure out how to insert it into its port.) USB-Cs are generally twice as fast as old USB drives. They are also able to carry more power.

The potential good news about USB-Cs is that computers across manufacturers are using them. The hope is that, eventually, you will only need a USB-C cable to connect all your geegaws and gadgets. No more carrying multiple cables and searching for the right one. Wouldn’t that be nice!

What to do with your old USB drives and all the wonderful stuff you have stored on them? Are they lost to you forever? Do not worry! It is possible to purchase an adapter so that your old USB can be connected to a newer machine that only has USB-C ports.

If you’d like to see what the various styles of USB drives and cables look like, visit your local computer or electronics store or do an internet image search for USB.

I hope this helps!
Until next time,
Happy Computing!
PC Doctor

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