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What to do with a Firewire header?

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I've got 6 USB 2.0 ports on the I/O panel plus potentially 4 from a pair of headers (2 of those are being used in the card reading portion of a card reader) and 2 USB 3.0 ports each from a single header and on the I/O panel. That's 14 potentially and 12 in use. USB is a nice standard. It's ubiquitous and it gets the job done in just about every scenario. But is there any use at all for Firewire? There's just a port, sitting there unused on my motherboard. Flash drives are a bit pointless since the standard is so uncommon, just like the eSATAp flash drives a few years ago before USB 3.0 was finalized. I could use it for an external hard drive that stays connected permanently, but at that point, I might as well just plug it into a SATA port internally (and if I need an "Oh God my house is on fire what do I do" solution, I'll go with a hot swap bay). I've got 7 (8 if the eSATA port goes unused, I believe) of them available and 5 open. If there's a Firewire male to USB 3.0 female connector, I'd love to know. It just seems like such a useless thing to have. It would have been nicer if USB were used originally for low bandwidth things like keyboards and mice and for powering things like external drives and speakers while Firewire was used for flash drives and network adapters.
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I look at firewire and usb as the hd-dvd vs blu-ray battle. From my very limited experience there is some stuff out there that still uses firewire but it's old tech. To my knowledge nothing current does, and if it does it's very rare. I know some camera stuff used firewire for awhile. But just like hd-dvd vs blu-ray, there could only be one winner.

Admittedly my experience is limited with plugins other than usb, and even that experience is only based on it being so common.

*EDIT* Just to mention, I've been looking at cases for new build soon. I have looked at hundreds and not once can I remember ever seeing one with a firewire bracket pre-installed on it.
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Sigh. So it'll just sit there unused, mocking me. Forever. I've already got an external eSATA 2.5" hard drive case and it cost $20 (and I could force it to fit a 15mm drive if I cut out a slot for it). Add in the TB drive and it's $100 total. Newegg shows several Firewire external hard drives. Same capacity? $130 for a completely assembled unit or $40 for the case. The advantages are that you can daisy-chain them apparently, but Apple is phasing out the standard in place of Lightning or Thunderbolt or whatever it's called on their new computers. Neither Newegg nor Amazon show anything in the way of internal converter cables. Why ASRock? Why do you see the need to put something so useless on the board? At least the floppy drive connectors are justified. People actually used those.
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