Need advice regarding installing a USB 3.0 card onto an old, Dell Desktop computer

I have an old, Dell Desktop computer (2008) which works fine.  Recently I purchased a 256GB flash drive to contain backups of my external hard drive.  Copying files/folders from my external drive to the flash drive takes forever (24+ hours).  It finally dawned on me the desktop has USB 2.0 ports.   I went out to the Amazon site, looking for USB 3.0 cards, but none of them have good ratings.  I also realized I would require a USB 3.0 flash drive.  I also know I should probably upgrade to a new desktop or tablet, but can't afford it right now.

Any suggestions?


Bruce Leypoldt
bleypoldtRetired IT ProfessionalAsked:
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RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
it depends on the PCI slot that is provided on your Motherboard.  if it is  PCI bus, it can't provide enough bandwidth for USB 3.0.

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RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
PCI speed = 1056 MBps
USB 2.0 speed =  480 MBps
USB 3.0 speed = 4.8 GBps

bleypoldtRetired IT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Don't know if my original comment came through, so I will repeat it here.

Your comment made a lot of sense and I guess its time for me to consider a new computer.

Thanks for your prompt reply and your help.

Bruce Leypoldt
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Just check your PCI slot ( Read Motherboard Manual ),  if it's speed is less than 4 GBps then it can't provide enough bandwidth for USB 3.0.

PCI                                             1056 MBps
AGP 8x                                         2.1  GBps
PCI Express 1.0 / x16                    8  GBps
PCI Express 1.0 / x8                      4  GBps
PCI Express 1.0 / x4                      2  GBps
PCI Express 2.0 / x16                  16  GBps
PCI Express 2.0 / x8                      8  GBps
 PCI Express 2.0 / x4                      4 GBps
PCI Express 3.0 / x16                   32 GBps
PCI Express 3.0 / x8                     16 GBps
PCI Express 3.0 / x4                       8 GBps
PCI Express 3.0 / x1                       2 GBps
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