How to Connect Your PCMCIA Drive to USB Instead of PCI Slot

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Most laptops have PCMCIA drives, more commonly referred to as "PC Card" drives, which allow the laptop to connect to a wide variety of PC Card devices, such as wireless networking cards. If you happen to have a PC Card device and a laptop which does not have such a drive, or if you want to use a PC Card device with a desktop computer, then you have to use a PCMCIA to USB adaptor. Fortunately, these adaptors can be easily purchased.

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Things you need

  • External PCMCIA Card Adapter

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  1. 1

    Turn off your computer. For additional safety, disconnect the computer from its power source to prevent damage caused by electric shock.

  2. 2

    Connect the external PCMCIA adaptor to your computer by inserting the USB cable into an available USB port on your computer.

  3. 3

    Insert the PC Card you would like to use with your computer into the adaptor.

  4. 4

    Reconnect your computer to its power source, and turn the computer back on. Your PCMCIA device is now connected to the computer through a USB port.

Tips and warnings

  • You may have to reinstall your PCMCIA device after connecting it to your computer through a USB adaptor. If the device does not operate normally after you have completed the above steps, refer to your device's user manual for instructions on how to reinstall the device.

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