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Are newer USB generations (3.0,3.1) faster than USB 2.0 when running Tails? Or will they be nearly the same?

Note, I am not asking about Persistent Storage read/write speed, but the actual OS run speed.

  • for sure USB 3.x should/can be faster than USB 2.0, but you may also suffer speed limits from the flash storage resp. its controller itself. - just because the connector of an USB stick is 2.0 or 3.x, it doesn't mean that it is also able to use the full speed potential of its connector. – DJCrashdummy Sep 15 '19 at 0:40
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Tails uses the Debian Linux kernel which runs USB at the correct speed. That means that you can expect significantly faster speeds with USB 3 than USB 2.

The only caveat is that you have a machine with USB 3 ports and also USB 3 storage. If either is USB 2, then expect USB 2 speeds. This is the same on any modern operating system and has nothing to do with Tails.

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