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Upgrading to USB2.0


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I wanted to upgrade to a faster coneection so I could use it for an external drive to backup data. I assume I could just purchase a card and install it but I am not sure as to weather or not it would improve my current ports[refering to USB here] as there are 2 in the front. Any help would be appreciated.
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Are you asking if your current USB ports are 2.0?
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If you have an older model, they usually have only 1.1, and upgrading would be ideal but if you do, go with firewire as the speeds are much faster....there are ways of finding out if your ports are 1.1 or 2.0
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Currently I have 4 USB 1 ports two of which reside on the front of the PC and the other two on the rear. I noticed when at stores the cards weather they be from 2 to 6 ports all
were on the rear.[right into the card] When I upgrade I still would like for there to be 2 ports on the front so I could easily insert a scanner or external drive.[ most likely though I would need at least need USB2.0 for the scanner but maybe I could get even both]
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you can get a usb 2.0 for the back and get an extension and run it to the front. You can go to best buy and get a usb hub.
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What is this extension and how can I hook it up?
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Your going to need a usb 2.0 pci card installed first.

http://www.pcstats.c...?articleID=1021
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Ok so after I do purchase and install a USB2.0 pci card then I need a hub to move it to the front? There isn't a way to install the pci card and run it through the case to the slot in the front.
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you can probably get a memcard reader that has built in usb for the front but the way you hook things up to the front is a litttle different and i think that the pci is better.
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So there is no way to have front and back at the same time then?

Also will I need to get rid of the current ports or will they still be usable.
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you can have front and back get pci for the back and for the front
get a mem card reader with built in usb2.0
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get the hub to go to the front on the outside.

The front will hook up like a floppy drive. if you have a floppy the cord connecting it to the motherboard has another slot on the cord to add something else
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Alright then I can have both.

I was checking around and I found that there is a cord that runs from the two slots in the front to the motherboard.
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