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USB 3.0 Card Cables

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#1 jimlau


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Posted 14 January 2011 - 11:55 AM

I have a 3.0 usb external drive, but only usb ports 2.0. What is the best way toincrease the hard drive performance? A PCI Express eSATA Controller Card with usb 3.0 connectors?

I have a gateway desktop with:

•One PCI Express ×16
•One PCI Express ×1
•Two PCI 2.3

do i need a mini PCI express slot, or are the above ok?

also, i'm not sure my computer has the proper cables needed. here are the only 3 i have, the white 1` with a black 1 on each side. the white 1 one is not the type that powers my dvd drive. would i need to get a power splitter to split the power going to the dvd into 2?

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 12:20 PM

The PCI-E USB3 cards I have seen , that use an aux power input, have regular 4 pin molex connectors.

As to your picture, you have SATA power connectors (black) and one floppy connector(white). Molex are the big flat 4 pin connectors that older PATA drives use.

Edited by dpunisher, 14 January 2011 - 12:23 PM.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 12:21 PM

i need a low profile card. do i need a mini PCI Express slot, or are the existing slots ok?

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