How can I get my Dell N4010 laptop with USB 2.0 to support USB 3.0?

by on January 25, 2013

Q: i have an Dell N4010 Laptop which does not have any USB 3.0 ports, it has only USB 2.0 ports, i bought an external hard drive and it says if i have a USB 3.0 port it can transfer files faster. If i buy an eSATA to USB 3.0 adapter and then connect that adapter through a normal eSATA to USB cable to my laptop , will i be able to get the USB 3.0 speed when i transfer files from my external hard drive to my laptop?

One Response to “How can I get my Dell N4010 laptop with USB 2.0 to support USB 3.0?”
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    If you use the E-SATA plug that it looks like this laptop has, you might get a performance improvement, you also might not.

    When it comes to data transfer speeds, you’re only as fast as the slowest thing in the chain, and there are a lot of factors involved. Your internal hard drive on the laptop might not be fast enough to send out data at “USB 3.0 speeds”.

    If I were you, I’d just plug the harddrive into your existing USB 2.0 slot and be done with it. If you aren’t happy with the transfer speeds and are willing to take a gamble on buying the adapter, give it a shot. Worst case there isn’t much of a performance difference, and you’re down $20.