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I got a steady slightly above 90MB/s speed when coping more than 300G files from my Toshiba 1G external hard drive to WD 1G external hard drive through USB 3.0 ports on my new HP laptop.
No, you do not need a USB 3 host/port to use USB 3 devices. However, you will not get USB 3 speeds. As of right now, all USB devices and controllers are backwards and forwards compatible. They will operate at the lowest speed though. Check out Wikipedia's USB page for more information. USB 3.0 was released in November 2008. The standard defines a new ...
The USB 3.0 card uses a PCI-Express x1 slot and you have two of them. The small white ones over the large blue PCI-Express x16 slot. Install the card to one of those slots.
Apparently Windows 7 has no built-in USB3 drivers (source) (unlike Win8 or 8.1) so after the control is passed from the BIOS (which does know its USB3 controller well enough) to Win7(PE), the OS looks for appropriate drivers to load for the controller onto its driver stack, but it fails to find any. So every port connected to a USB3 controller won't work ...
Make sure your USB is not in a USB 3.0 port. Disable XHCI Pre-Boot Mode in BIOS. This will disable the USB 3.0 port so the Windows Installation doesn't see it, and therefore doesn't require drivers for it.
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