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What to do with Card Reader that Hooks Up Via USB 2.0 Header?

I recently bought a Card Reader, assuming it would fit into a drive slot and hook up via SATA. Unfortunately, I did not even read much about it and made an excited purchase as it was a great deal. Now I have a Card Reader that I have no Idea what to do with.

It is too small to go into a drive slot as it would leave open space on the sides. Also, it is obviously too big to mount in the back of the case.

Are there any solutions that anybody knows of?
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  1. uhh, is it an external card reader?
    I have a tiny cheap one i bought for like 4.99 from Fry's that's an external usb card reader.
    Does it even look like you can mount it internally?
    Model#/ect?
    Some motherboards have internal USB ports, and there are adapter cards you can put in PCI slots that add internal USB ports.
  2. James Mason said:
    uhh, is it an external card reader?
    I have a tiny cheap one i bought for like 4.99 from Fry's that's an external usb card reader.
    Does it even look like you can mount it internally?
    Model#/ect?
    Some motherboards have internal USB ports, and there are adapter cards you can put in PCI slots that add internal USB ports.


    it says internal and it has holes that look like the ones you use to secure the disk drives with screws or pins. I can provide a link it that is helpful?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820805002
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    Ahh, It's a 3.5 so it's meant to go into a HDD slot and not an optical drive slot.
    But saying that.....
    Some cases with modular frontal drives that you can take off support those, but only certain ones.
    There's also this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2970S53061
    (not saying you buy this one, but this is the type of thing you need.)
    Just kinda lame your card reader didnt come with one.
  4. James Mason said:
    Ahh, It's a 3.5 so it's meant to go into a HDD slot and not an optical drive slot.
    But saying that.....
    Some cases with modular frontal drives that you can take off support those, but only certain ones.
    There's also this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2970S53061
    (not saying you buy this one, but this is the type of thing you need.)
    Just kinda lame your card reader didnt come with one.


    Hey! Thank you so much!
  5. James Mason said:
    Ahh, It's a 3.5 so it's meant to go into a HDD slot and not an optical drive slot.
    But saying that.....
    Some cases with modular frontal drives that you can take off support those, but only certain ones.
    There's also this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2970S53061
    (not saying you buy this one, but this is the type of thing you need.)
    Just kinda lame your card reader didnt come with one.

    One more thing since you seem knowledgeable, I'm not sure the wire on the reader will be long enough to reach the header. Do they make extensions for those 2.0 plugs?
  6. James Mason said:


    Sorry if I was unclear. I meant an extension for the 10-1 plug for the header on the motherboard. I have tried searching for them and it always comes up with the kind of wires you showed me, or headphone extensions for some reason.
  7. oh, an extension for that might not exist because of the way it's configured would be specific to the manufacturer...
    I lied:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812201024
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