Repair information on hard drives or hard disks. Hard drives are magnetic data storage devices. They are used in most desktop, laptop, and server due to their low cost and high data density.

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Update usb 2 connector to usb 3

I have an old USB 2 Hard drive that I would like to update to USB 3

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Here are some instruction.

-Click "Start," then choose "Control Panel."

-Double-click on the "System" icon and let the window load. Click on "Hardware," then choose the "Device Manager" option.

-Locate the "Universal Serial Bus controller" section of this window (this will be a simple text-based list), and click on the plus sign next to it to expand the selection.

-Right-click on any of the subsections, such as "USB Root Hub" or "Mass USB Storage Device" located in this section, and click on "Properties."

-Click on "Driver."

-Click on "Update Driver" and follow the on-screen instructions. Windows will automatically locate USB 2.0 drivers for your root hub off the Internet, and will then install them.

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Problem is USB 3 is hardware driven via a circuit board. I'm looking for a hard drive housing with the appropriate circuitry. I would remove the bare drive from the existing USB 2 housing and place in new USB 3 housing. I should have been clearer. Sorry!


Unless you have a clean room, all you're going to do is ruin your current drive.


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Swapping out the external USB cases may not offer much performance gain without doing a low level reformatting the HD. Your I/O could also be limited by the age of the HD.

Here's a Newegg case you could try: StarTech SATA external hard drive case

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