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Apr 22, 2012 08:47 |  #1

Can an add-on USB 3 card reader work with Windows XP Professional? Are drivers available? I have a built-in USB 2 reader on my desktop but would like to upgrade to USB 3 is possible. I'm pretty sure I can simply plug a USB 3 reader into my USB 2 jacks but wouldn't get any speed increase. Thanks.


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Apr 22, 2012 09:06 |  #2

you would need to install hardware, and your board may not have what's needed for such an install...


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Apr 22, 2012 12:21 |  #3

Get a pci card as add on...about $20. Either WD or NEC brand is fine.


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Apr 22, 2012 12:49 |  #4

Check out the system requirements on some cards on Newegg. They'll all come with drivers and odds are they'll have XP drivers.




  
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Apr 22, 2012 13:40 |  #5

Thanks for the responses.


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Apr 22, 2012 15:24 |  #6

As a side note.. Where you plug into your motherboard does matter. a normal PCI slot in an older motherboard won't get you near USB 3.0 speed. If you don't have any PCI Express slots in your motherboard; then you won't get the throughput from the USB 3.0 card to the motherboard.
I'm saying this besides you have XP; so we don't know what hardware you are running.


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Apr 22, 2012 23:33 |  #7

As everyone else already mentioned just get a PCI card for $20-30, install the drivers and enjoy :)


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Apr 23, 2012 01:16 |  #8

Tdragone wrote in post #14309274 (external link)
As a side note.. Where you plug into your motherboard does matter. a normal PCI slot in an older motherboard won't get you near USB 3.0 speed. If you don't have any PCI Express slots in your motherboard; then you won't get the throughput from the USB 3.0 card to the motherboard.
I'm saying this besides you have XP; so we don't know what hardware you are running.

Assuming the USB card isn't competing with other cards, he'd still see a decent increase in speed if he had to use a PCI conventional slot. I believe they max out at 133 MB/sec for a 32 bit slot. Most hard drives aren't sustaining that much speed anyway. I recently tested a newer USB 3.0 drive and got around 70 MB/sec average throughput while connected to a USB 3.0 port on the motherboard. That is still a lot better than the 20-25MB/sec you usually see over USB 2.0.




  
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Apr 23, 2012 12:43 |  #9

how old is your PC? quite a few motherboards in the last few years included USB 3.0 ports (usually operating at USB2) ahead of the driver support. i think my MB is nearly 3 years old and it has USB 3.0 ports.

Since you're using XP you may have an older machine, so make sure whatever card & reader you buy has the necc. drivers to support it.


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