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ASUS P5NE-SLI motherboard - backups USB 3? ESATA?

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June 30, 2012 6:40:35 PM

I have an ASUS p%NE-SLI motherboard.

I have several 2TB external hard disks for backups and storage.

These of course are slow; I have USB 2 at the moment.

***Is it possible to convert or instal USB 3 into my computer?
***I've read the speed increase over USB 2 isn't as great as promoters imply. The PC has an eSATA external connection (and there's firewire). What's my best bet for connecting to an external hard disk?

Or should I stick with USB 2 and rish the disks overheating as they can take a day or two to fill up.

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a b G Storage
a b V Motherboard
July 1, 2012 12:00:32 AM

your fastest option will be to use the eSATA for the external hard disk but I would still go with USB 3.0 instead anyway because of compatibility with other systems.
July 1, 2012 2:43:34 AM

Ah thanks. However I'm not sure my motherboard accpets USb 3.0 (I'm told the motherboard is the releavant hardware - but i suppose it may not be).
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July 1, 2012 1:50:36 PM

To avoid confusion: can someone tell me if a PC (quite high spec a few years ago) quad core etc with ASUS P5NE-SLI motherboard can power USB 3? This would ease my backup time problem (I think - it may be the speed increase is not as great as claimed)

So 2 questions-
[1] Can my PC be unpgraded to USB 3
[2] Is USB 3 in fact as fast as is claimed, or would i be disappointed in file transfer times? I have quite a lot of informative websites, which are grabbed, a lot of data.
a b G Storage
a b V Motherboard
July 1, 2012 1:52:59 PM

yes if your motherboard does not have built in USB 3.0 then you can easily install a USB 3.0 adaptor.
July 1, 2012 2:06:47 PM

ah OK

can you recommend one or two?