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Dell Poweredge 1950 and USB 3.0 adapter card

Hello,

I have a Dell Poweredge 1950 and would like to install a USB 3.0 adapter card into it. Problem is the card requires power and I don't see a power connector of any type inside the server that are available to use. Any idea's?

Thanks.

Steve
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ACRHPSICommented:
Who makes the USB card?  I am trying to figure out what type of power connector it needs...  I thinking that you could get a splitter to pull power from a hard drive power connection.  But that all depends on what the USB card wants as power...
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sirvodkaAuthor Commented:
It's a Vantec UGT-PC312. Requires a 4-pin molex power connector. However there are no connectors available (molex or sata) in the server chasis. Hard drives are connected to a backplane and the power supplies connect directly into the system board. No wires or connectors available from the power supplies.
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jamietonerCommented:
Whats the make and model of the card? All the cards I have used didn't require extra power.
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sirvodkaAuthor Commented:
If I can find a card that doesn't require power that would be perfect.
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ACRHPSICommented:
Hmmm you do have a point...  I looked at the dell site at the hardware manuals...  The only possible point that I could think of taking power for the unit would be the power for the slim CD rom drive.  

Of course the pdf's didn't really give a clear picture of the setup, but it appears to be the standard power connector for a Sata CD rom drive...  You might be able to do something with that...  It will be some type of custom cable that you would most likely have to build yourself.

You can't touch the fans... Those are the four wire connectors used on their server fans...

Good Luck...  Be Careful, and maybe somebody will come up with a better idea than mine.
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ACRHPSICommented:
I looked for cards too...  I only found ones that required the extra power connector.  You need it for the power on the plug...  Kinda like the powered and unpowered USB hubs...    If you've ever pluged in a portable Hard drive... Some would come with a cable with two usb connectors on one end.  That was to get enough juice to run the drive...
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jamietonerCommented:
The cards I used Evga eu30 don't seem to be widely available anymore, and most of the newer cards have power ports, but many do not require them to work. They are just extra power for devices like certain portable usb hard drives that pull all there power from the usb port. Here's a card that doesn't require an extra power connector.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815140001
If you plan on using an external hdd that pulls all its power from the usb port get a powered usb hub to plug it into.
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sirvodkaAuthor Commented:
The USB hard drives we use are the 2.5 inch portables which do pull all their power from the USB port. Powered USB hub is an excellent idea. I will give that a try and let you know. Thanks.
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sirvodkaAuthor Commented:
Purchased a Bytecc BT-UH340 USB 3.0 powered hub. I set it up and plugged it into the USB card in the server. The first time I moved the device to arrange it a little better on top of the server the connector inside the device snapped off the circiut board. It now sounds like a baby rattle. It will be going back to MicroCenter. The good news is I decided to test the drive plugged directly into the card. The system recognized the drive and it has been working fine for 2 days. This was not the case when I tried this in a desktop. PCI-e slot in server gives it more power? Not sure. Thanks to everyone for the effort to help.

Steve
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