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adding USB3 to an sbs2003 server

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We have been looking at the USB3 increased data throughputs and would like to add some external storage using the new USB3 interface.

I can see that there are several USB3 PCI interfaces on the market, but I wondered if anyone has added USB3 to an SBS2003 server. Firstly will the hardware be compatible with SBS2003 and does Windows SBS2003 support the USB3 protocols. ie will it perform at the faster rates?

We are currently using USB2 and the time taken to extract our data is too long. Does anyone have any comments about whether this is a viable project?
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USB3 is probably not going to be that much faster than USB2 since the drive is the bottleneck usually.

I would look at eSATA instead preferably with 10K rpm drives if possible.

I hope this helps !
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In general USB3 cards should not be an issue on win 2003, just make sure there are drivers included, although XP drivers  may work.
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We have already identified a couple of USB 3 drives which have just been released. Do you still feel that this would not achieve any speed gains?
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Again it depends on

1) How fast your old drives are
2) How fast ( rpm ) the new external USB 3 dries you are planning to buy.
The speed is almost directly relational to the rpm of the drive,
I would expect maybe a 20 -50% improvement for a newer USB 3 drive, bur eSATA generally dives you a 2.5 - 3x improvement ( 7200 to 10K RPM ) vs most USB drives work at 5400 RPM.

You may want to build  your own external USB 3 drives picking a fast SATA drive in a well ventilated case.

I'll also see if I can find any speed comparisons.

I hope this helps !
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