How can I take advantage of MB SATA ports to have USB 3.0?

  1. Posts : 191
    Windows 10 Home

    How can I take advantage of MB SATA ports to have USB 3.0?

    Hi, I own an HP Compaq Elite 8200 SFF, and I have 2 SSD's connected internally via SATA ports and power cables. The speed is wonderful. However, the PC only has external USB 2.0 ports in the case, and whenever I want to pass data from 1 external HDD to the PC or viceversa, having the 20MB/s limit is really, really annoying.

    Here's my MoBo, HP 1495 (Intel Q67):

    It's the first one, HP Elite 8200.

    I've used the first 2 sata ports, which are SATA III, and I have left the other 2: a SATA II and an eSATA.
    I've used the 2 middle PCI-e (GT 730), and only have left: a "PCI" and a "PCI Express x1".

    What can I do?
    I know some USB 3.0 PCI-e exists, but their prices are like $25, a bit expensive for what I want.

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  2. Posts : 1,201
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v21H2

    One way to get additional USB 3.0 slots is to use a board like this

    Inateck PCIe to USB 3.0 7 Ports Expansion Card - 5 USB 3.0 Ports and 2 Rear USB 3.0 Ports Express Card Desktop with 15 Pin SATA Power Connector, Including Two Power Cables (KT5002)

    You plug it into an empty PCIe slot. It looks like you also have to connect it to the power supply.
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  3. Posts : 191
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter

    Yeah, but I've used one of those in the past and it was buggy, the speeds weren't good. Any brand with good reputation I can trust?

    It's all about the controller, if that expansion card is rubbish, it could even corrupt the data of what you connect there. That's why I want a solid known brand.
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  4. Posts : 17,371
    Windows 11 Pro

    If you want to get USB 3, the only way is going to be with a PCIe board.
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  5. Posts : 191
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter

    OK, I've came to that conclusion... well, thanks you all, I guess I'll have to plug in a PCIe x1 expansion card.
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  6. Posts : 432
    W10X64 21H1

    With usb 3.0 you still only get 45mb/s write speed to a hard drive ? Read speed is about 200/250mb/s even when using a SSD external USB enclosure - will slow down even more with large files.

    You could always use a eSata to Sata cable to an external device like a HDD just use an external PSU to power it or get a cable made from your PC for power to the external device, you will then receive Sata speed R/W from your external drive(s).
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