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Topic # 240220 27-Aug-2018 12:16
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I just got a new motherboard and CPU to upgrade my home server.  I'm going to install UnRAID and the recommendation is to install to USB flash drive, preferably on-board so as not to remove it by mistake etc.  I don't mind running it on the backplane ports but for tidiness I'd like to run it onbord and internal.

 

I don't appear to have an on-board USB port that is already set up, so I was wondering what kind of header adapter to get.  I have a USB 3 flash drive at home I can use, so I'm wondering if I get a regular USB-A to 4-pin adapter and plug that into the USB 3 header on the motherboard, will that work as USB 3 all the way through?  Or do I need a specific USB 3 header adapter?  

 

I'm looking at something like this: https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/CABSTT690367/StarTech-6-USB-A-to-USB-4-Pin-Header-Cable

 

It says it's a USB 2 female header....


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  Reply # 2079668 27-Aug-2018 12:50
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USB 3 headers are quite different to the 2.0 ones connector wise. AFAIK, Unraid doesn't touch the USB much once booted so I doubt you'd notice any difference between a 3.0 and a 2.0, so you should be able to use that one you've linked





 


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  Reply # 2079674 27-Aug-2018 13:00
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As above, USB3 has more pins so you'll need a USB3 header plug if there are no USB2 headers.

 

If you do want USB 3 all the way then you could use something like this and unscrew the PCI slot bracket. I can't find locally one without the bracket in a quick search but heaps from Ali Express etc if you can wait.




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  Reply # 2079683 27-Aug-2018 13:17
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Thanks, yeah based on some more reading I'm happy with USB2.  


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  Reply # 2080281 28-Aug-2018 14:24
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Something like this would be my recommendation 


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  Reply # 2080284 28-Aug-2018 14:28
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Reminds me of ReadyBoost drives for Vista, i think they were a flop more than 10 years ago not sure if you can still pick them up.

 

 


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