View Full Version : Front USB ports

16-01-2009, 08:30 PM
I have an older case, which does not have front USB ports.

Just wondering, is there an addon that fits in where the drive bays are? (just under the optical drives)

My motherboard supports extra USB ports so no probs there

Just getting sick of reaching behind the case, and can't really justify (or afford) a better case

16-01-2009, 08:33 PM
Yep, there should be, I've seen USB ports in the internal card reader-which is in the external 3.5"

I'll look around on TM

16-01-2009, 08:36 PM
Have a look at this (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=353262) it's what I always fit when I need to add a front usb port. Fits in a floppy bay ;)

16-01-2009, 08:36 PM
This is the only one with more than one USB port:http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Components/Other/auction-198063781.htm

Speedy Gonzales
16-01-2009, 08:37 PM
You could buy one of these (http://www.modster-pc.co.nz/shop/index.php?cPath=129)

16-01-2009, 08:52 PM
Would getting a hub be an option?

16-01-2009, 09:49 PM
You could buy one of these (http://www.modster-pc.co.nz/shop/index.php?cPath=129)

thank you speedy.........youve done it again. one of those is something ive been after for ages (5" bay one). :clap

Speedy Gonzales
16-01-2009, 10:00 PM
Cool :)

Yeah those are pretty cool. I was going to buy one of the $74 ones. One with firewire. Only prob is, the mobo I HAD, the shop killed it lol. And now I'm using a PCI FW card

On some of those, the cables go to the back (connect to the back connections), to the front.

At the mo, I'm using an Apacer card reader with one USB port.

Havent really used it that much tho. Only reason I brought this, is because it supports SDHC (cards that are 4 GB+). NOT all card readers do.

So, if youre after an SDHC card reader, ask if it supports 4 GB+ cards

16-01-2009, 10:01 PM
I do wonder if those card reader have enough power to power harddrives etc.

I remember having a usb card reader that had usb ports.My mp3 player worked but harddrive didnt work

Speedy Gonzales
16-01-2009, 10:07 PM
I doubt it.

How many people would connect a USB hdd to the front of a case anyway?

And most external hdds probably need power as well

17-01-2009, 05:49 AM
My lappie hdd in a case works on my case front ports but not on the usb on the int card reader

17-01-2009, 07:40 AM
Cheers Speedy.

That Vantec one looks exactly like what I'm after (I was wanting one for an optical drive bay - I have 2 spare slots).
The floppy bay on my computer is also molded, so I wouldn't see half the card slots if I went for one of the other models

18-03-2009, 06:47 PM
I did indeed buy the Vantec. Easy as to install, and no problems with linux so far (well not with the USB port anyway, have yet to try any of the other connectors).

Thanx again all :)