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Windows 7: USB 3.0 Card

06 Mar 2013   #1
Boyard

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 
USB 3.0 Card

Hello!

I wish to install a USB 3.0 on my computer which is a HP Workstation XW6200 running Win 7 Pro. The reason for my asking is because I was given from Germany a portable Platinum MyDrive 1 TB hard drive for Xmas. It's a nifty little job but it's USB 3.0. In your opinion, could I easily install a USB 3.0 card on my system? The other option being a powered (the maker is adamant) external usb 2 hub with the limitations it would give?

Thank you very much for your help.

All the best,

Boyard




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06 Mar 2013   #2
indianacarnie

 

Welcome to the forums.

As long as you have an open PCI slot it should be o.k. Check your motherboard spec.'s first to make sure it is usb3 capable.
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06 Mar 2013   #3
Comp Cmndo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

USB 3.0 cards are only available in PCI-e x 1. I have only seen 1 with the older PCI; it was a StarTech & was over $50. Your motherboard has one PCI-e x and one PCI-e x 16 and 4 PCI slots. You can use the X1 card in either one. Expect speeds about 2X that of USB 2.0. USB 3.0 chips on motherboard are quite a bit faster. You also have to provide power to the card with a spare molex from the power supply. Depending on the card & the USB drive you might need a powered USB 3.0 hub.
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07 Mar 2013   #4
Boyard

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Thank you very much. You have given me all the information I need to go ahead.
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07 Mar 2013   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Comp Cmndo View Post
USB 3.0 cards are only available in PCI-e x 1...
This one is PCIe 2.0 x4
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09 Mar 2013   #6
Comp Cmndo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Comp Cmndo View Post
USB 3.0 cards are only available in PCI-e x 1...
This one is PCIe 2.0 x4
$89.99
Could buy a new motherboard for that price.
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09 Mar 2013   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Comp Cmndo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Comp Cmndo View Post
USB 3.0 cards are only available in PCI-e x 1...
This one is PCIe 2.0 x4
$89.99
Could buy a new motherboard for that price.
Depends what your needs are.
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