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Can I upgrade my a6200n to usb 3.0?

Hello, I have just bought a Pavilion a6200n with Vista running it. Now I have purchased a real nice external hard drive to protect my media files mostly. It is an LaCie 2TB. It will operate on USB 3.0. Will my a6200n handle a USB 3.0? If so do you have any suggestions on what brand or type I should go with. Improving from 480 mbps to 5gbps is going to save me hours! Thanks for any help or suggestions in advance.

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Re: Can I upgrade my a6200n to usb 3.0?



Firstly please do not believe in 10 times speed, those numbers are ONLY in theory. Practically you can get 2 to 3 times depending on file sizes, still not bad. Yes, you can get PCIe - USB card for your machine, it has one spare slot:


  • Expansion Slots:

    • 1 PCI Express x16 slot for graphics card

    • 1 PCI Express x1 slots

    • 2 PCI slot

You may be able to use PCI slot but not recommended. The card should have a CD with driver. The following link shows one example, you can get 3 or 4 ports on 1 card:


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Re: Can I upgrade my a6200n to usb 3.0?

The circa 2007 HP a6200n has some history before you got it? The unit was US/CN marketed, so lets go local.

PCIEx1 USB3.0 card.

How much RAM is on the motherboard? It only shipped with 2GB installed, I surmise it has (2) 1GB modules?

My suggestion would be to run CPU-Z to confirm what is in each RAM SIMM slot (there are 4 slots). It's likely to have PC2- 5300's.  Upgrading to 4 GB total will aid in performance. 1GB SIMMS 

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