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Trying to move a server from the proprietary case to one with better hard drive config and better air flow. The Front USB headers on the proprietary case and the motherboard are giving me some trouble with my new case.

 

The connector from the case to the motherboard looks like this: http://i.imgur.com/AdqTH0G.jpg

 

The header on the motherboard looks like this: http://imgur.com/yxOJAqW

 

Thanks for taking the time to look!

 

-Masteroc

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Yes, I am aware that it is a USB 3.0 port. It is not a normal port though and seems to be some type of proprietary connector. I am trying to find out what type of connector it is so that I can get an adapter if there is on that is made for it.

 

Thanks for your time and your reply!

 

-Masteroc

Go to the document linked on this page:

 

https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkServer-Towers-Knowledge/TS140-What-is-a-LEO-CHIP-connector/ta-p/1575322

 

Page 16 within the document. Is #17 the connector you're referring to? If so it calls it a USB 3.0 port.

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I did some searching through forums and found a few similar questions.  The consensus seems to be that this connector is proprietary to Lenovo.  I couldn't find a pinout.

 

Is there any way to  "liberate" the whole connector assembly from the front of the old case?  If I really wanted that connector on the new case, I'd be tempted to replace the USB connector on the new case with the Lenovo one.

 

Or if that's not possible....dremel a new hole and put it somewhere on the front.  It may not be factory-pretty, but it would function.

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It is most definitely proprietary. There doesn't seem anything on the market that can convert those to a standard USB 3.0 breakout cable. You have two choices, IMO:

 

1. Transplant the proprietary USB breakout cable and ports from the IBM case to the new case, or

2. Forget about the non-standard port and just get a PCIe USB 3.0 card (if you can spare a PCIe slot on the motherboard)

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Thanks for all the great replies! I think that the best option for me is going to be taking the lenovo usb front panel and using this adpater to convert it to the 19 pin usb 3.0 panel. http://www.amazon.com/Motherboard-19-Pin-Internal-Adapter-External/dp/B00B5T3ZG6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1409460312&sr=8-2&keywords=Motherboard+19-Pin+Internal+Adapter+To+2+Male+USB+3.0+Type+A+Cable+External

 

It wasn't my ideal scenario but for the small amount that costs I think its worth the time saved trying to solder the cables together and hoping the grounds and everything are the same.

 

Thanks again!

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