How to test a USB 3.0 fake cable/adapter

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testing Fake USB 3.0 conectors

There are fake USB 3.0 leads and adapter coming out of China, they are USB 2.0 devices in blue plastic to look like USB 3.0, so how can you tell if the lead or adapter you have purchased is functioning as USB 3.0, or 2.0? There is a very good USB diagnostic tool called usbtreeview (Google it) that can test devices connected to you USB ports. Connect an external USB 3.0 drive to a USB 3.0 port and it should have an "s" on the connection icon, but if it is running on USB 2.0, it will show a "h", no letter at all and it is USB 1.0. Usbtreeview list all USB connections on you computer and marks USB 2.0 with an "h" for high speed and USB 3.0 with an "s" for super speed. I was unfortunate enough to get one of these fakes from the EBay seller toymodel55, the first clue was windows reporting my drive could perform faster if connected to a USB 3.0 port. I was using a USB 3.0 had connected to a USB 3.0 port, but had used a right angled adapter from toymodel55, I tested with usbtreeview, and it reported the drive as USB 2.0 and marked it with a "h", but when I femoved the angled adapter and connected the drive directly, it was shown by usbtreeview at USB 3.0 and marked it with an "s" for super speed.
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