3.0 TB exterior Haed drive


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    3.0 TB exterior Haed drive


    I don't know if this is the right place to post this or not,my wife got me a 3TB exterior hard drive for christmas. I plugged it to my Hp 32 bit .Pc on the instructions it says to plug the hard drive into a usb 3.0 port for usb 3.0 transfer speeds I have 5 usb ports on my PC but they are all 2.0 Is there an adapter to make a 2.0 usb port to a 3.0 port.might sound crazy but just thought I would ask.Thanks
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    No but you can get USB 3 to fit in a slot on the M/B

    USB 3.0 Cards | StarTech.com
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    To amplify what was written in post #2:

    To get USB 3 speeds, you'd need to add an adapter card. Typically, it'd be a PCI-Express (PCI-E) X1 card. The main drawback to that is that you'd have to plug the external drive in at the back of tha machine (or use an extender cable or hub).

    Such cards are fairly cheap:

    Rosewill RC-508 USB 3.0 PCI-E Express Card with 4 USB 3.0 Ports, Speed Up to 5.0 Gbps - Newegg.com

    The drive would be OK at USB2 speed, though. USB2 maxes out at 480 megabits pers second (60 megabytes per second). You may not get a lot more than that out of a USB 3 port.
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    It's more convenient to get a dashboard that you can add to the front panel, around $30 and that's what I have in each of my PC's. It came with a board that you connect to a PCI-E slot. Just connect it and everything works, no need to install the driver from CD:
    Amazon.com: Nextrox® 5.25 Accessories

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    Thanks topgun sounds great to me,I like that with all the 10 different plugin's I plan to order one right after christmas
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    Tacit said:
    No but you can get USB 3 to fit in a slot on the M/B

    USB 3.0 Cards | StarTech.com
    Thanks for the info Tacit I see where that would work
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    topgundcp said:
    It's more convenient to get a dashboard that you can add to the front panel, around $30 and that's what I have in each of my PC's. It came with a board that you connect to a PCI-E slot. Just connect it and everything works, no need to install the driver from CD:
    Amazon.com: Nextrox® 5.25 Accessories

    [(snip)
    Nice. Certainly worth $10 more than a plain PCI-E card.
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