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Windows 7: Adding a 3.0 USB port to the computer?


23 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 
Adding a 3.0 USB port to the computer?

Without having to rebuild the computer & buying another MOBO, what is the easiest way to add a 3.0 USB port to the computer?

I have a 3.5" removable internal bay that I currently have a 52/1 card reader & USB port combo, which is very handy.

Is there something along the same lines, but with 3.0 installed that will easily connect to my computer & fit in the 3.5" bay?

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23 May 2011   #2

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Do you have a free slot, PCI or PCI-E? Newegg.com - Add-On Cards,usb 3.0
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23 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

No, I'm jammed full.

The only option I think would be to upgrade to a new 70/1 card reader & 3.0 combo

I found this one: Newegg.com - Koutech IO-RCM630 Multi-in-1 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Front Panel Internal Card Reader with USB 3.0 Port (3.5")

But I cant tell how many cards it can read.

How's the company that makes that one? Good or junk?

I attached my current card reader now.

I just realized my current USB ports were already built into my front panel, but I still wouldnt be opposed to upgrading my card reader to get a USB 3.0 port on it.

I'm getting a new 1TB WD Passport that has 3.0 on it & I have like 740g worth of data to transfer/backup, figured I might as well do the upgrade all at once.


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23 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
No, I'm jammed full.

The only option I think would be to upgrade to a new 70/1 card reader & 3.0 combo

I found this one: Newegg.com - Koutech IO-RCM630 Multi-in-1 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Front Panel Internal Card Reader with USB 3.0 Port (3.5")

But I cant tell how many cards it can read.

How's the company that makes that one? Good or junk?

I attached my current card reader now.

I just realized my current USB ports were already built into my front panel, but I still wouldnt be opposed to upgrading my card reader to get a USB 3.0 port on it.

I'm getting a new 1TB WD Passport that has 3.0 on it & I have like 740g worth of data to transfer/backup, figured I might as well do the upgrade all at once.
that doesn't give you USB3, all it does is give you USB3 Ports on the front of the case. That device has cables that go out the back of your case and plug into the USB3 ports on the motherboard.
since you don't have USB3, you won't gain anything with that front panel adapter.
you are going to have to get a PCI card or a new motherboard if you want USB3.
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23 May 2011   #5

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

To be honest, when searching for, "card reader usb 3.0", I don't recognize any of the companies outside of Rosewill... not that I'd recommend their stuff, just that I recognize the name.
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