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Let's assume I would like to attach a USB3.0 external storage device to my Raspberry Pi by utilizing the SD card slot. Would that be feasible? (As far as I know the Ethernet is just a USB2.0 port in disguise, so that won't work. Not that there is any guarantee that the SD card speed would be higher.)

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No, there is no way to make that work. The best you can do is connect it to one of the USB ports. The Raspberry Pi simply doesn't provide any high-speed connections.

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Bummer. Thanks nonetheless. – Lucas Hoepner Nov 8 '12 at 6:41

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