I understand that I can install a PCI-E to USB 3.0 Add-on card in my laptop so I can have 3.0 ports. (I have 1 x 2.0 on one side, and 2 x 2.0 on the other, side by side.) However, what confuses me is how I will access the new ports from the outside of my laptop.
I've looked up several of these cards (a how to site suggested the Silverstone PCI-E to USB 3.0 Add-On Card). I understand how to install a card on the motherboard of my laptop. But since there are no plastic slots (as in a desktop) to remove so the ports can be accessed. But I'm wondering if that means I will have to cut holes in my laptop (the only place there's room for that is the back, which is quite slim) in order to plug in my devices that require 3.0 USB ports.
Can someone please explain to me how they have (or would) accomplish accessing the new ports? (Another option I've wondered is if it would be possible to remove the 2 side by side 2.0 ports on the side of my laptop and place the part that has the ports there? But my understanding is that the part of the motherboard the card attaches to is in the rear of the laptop.)
Thank you in advance for any suggestions or knowledge you can offer!
More about :install pcie usb card laptop access ports