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upgrading 2.0 to 3.0 usb


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#1 LOVEMYPC

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 02:25 AM

HI,I have looking at getting a USB flash drive and there 2 things holding back right now.

(1) the size needed.  (2) 2.0 vs 3.0.

I have been searching the INTERNET and ran across a card that will plug into a PCI slot,but the only thing with that is if my MOBO does not have a 2.0 PCI slot and will not get the benefits of the 3.0 USB speed and if i can install a 3.0 card in my DELL E 521 which i believe i can there are 4 to 7 port USB hubs that

can be added to my PC.

 



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Posted 27 March 2014 - 10:06 AM

This is the only card I could find that didn't require a PCIe slot, it fits into the older PCI slot (hopefully your PC has at least one of those)...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815158359

However, it requires a SATA power connector and if your PC is too old you may have to get a molex to SATA adapter...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200061


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Posted 27 March 2014 - 12:23 PM

A USB 3.0 device should fall back to USB 2.0 speeds if connected to a USB 2.0 port.  Unless speed is a major factor you do not need to install a USB 3 card.  When you do get a USB 3.0 card, or computer, it will be faster, but you will be able to access anything that you put on with USB 2.0.



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Posted 27 March 2014 - 11:22 PM

A USB 3.0 device should fall back to USB 2.0 speeds if connected to a USB 2.0 port.  Unless speed is a major factor you do not need to install a USB 3 card.  When you do get a USB 3.0 card, or computer, it will be faster, but you will be able to access anything that you put on with USB 2.0.

Once I started transferring large files with USB 3.0 it got really hard to go back to 2.0 (I still have to use it occasionally).  I can see why the OP would want to upgrade.


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