PCIe USB 3.0 card in dell PowerEdge T410

Mark Litin
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I have a client with PowerEdge T410 with just about 1.6 TB of space to back up and using a USB 3.0 backup device, and it takes about two full days to backup the unit.  If I could install a PCI or PCIe USB 3.0 card into the server, the backups would happen much faster.  

I've read that there will be incompatibility issues with installing such an adapter into the server.  

Can anyone comment on how this can be done successfully?

Thanks much.
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Top Expert 2014
Commented:
The problem is if the card requires a power connector, there are no Molex connectors in a T410 and although there is a spare SATA power connector the cable may not be long enough to reach a PCIe card.

https://www.amazon.com/FebSmart-Self-Powered-Technology-No-Additional-FS-U4-Pro/dp/B072LS4JH7/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=usb3+pcie&qid=1571413542&s=electronics&sr=1-3 ought to work though
Top Expert 2016

Commented:
I've installed a 2 port one that did not require a sata power connector in both of my servers
IBM x3650 M2 and HP DL380 G6 and they work just fine
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

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If you're backing up to external hard drives, possibly a better solution is an eSATA card or a hotpluggable SATA dock.  Then you can hot-plug the drive and transfer at SATA rates, which (should be) faster than the fastest USB.
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Mark LitinOwner

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Commented:
Good idea, but the client has already invested in an external USB 3.0 RAID 10 array enclosure and drives.  SO a solution that includes those would be needed.

Thanks!
Mark LitinOwner

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Commented:
Hi All

andyalder, I've ordered the self-powered card you identified.  The issues I read largely deal with the power issue.  So this is a great solution.

Much obliged.
Top Expert 2014

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The card's not really self-powered of course, that would require a mini power station on it ;)
i was thinking you had an external disk that needed power from USB and the 10W that the single PCIe lane cards isn't enough but x4 cards can take 30W whuch is enough to power a disk.

If you have an array though it must be powered so you could get away with a x1 card anyway,
Mark LitinOwner

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Hi andyalder,

The array encasement is in fact powered and just connected to the server with a USB 3.0 cable using the USB 3.0 interface on the array encasement.

Thanks.  I'll write back with the results of this exercise.
Mark LitinOwner

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Hi All

I installed the card and the driver, and we're good to go.  The server can now enjoy USB 3.0 devices as such.

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