The solution is to sell your current computer and buy one with USB3 if that is what you need/want.
Technology changes frequently. So if you buy a new computer today I'm sure in six months someone will develop a computer with technology that was not available on the computer you buy now.
So why get all worked up and frustrated. Technology is what it is.
If your 17 has an express slot, why not as said above get the adopter or even get the Express Card E/Sata connection, it is really quite a fast hook up. USB 3 is a bit faster, but sata is also quite fast, much faster than fw 800 which in it self is good for most tasks. And yes did you not look to see what connections your computer had before you bought it? Is that not your responsibility?
Its worked for me.
I have a similar mmac spec and I just brought a express card Its by AKE express media for under £10. from Amazon.co.uk
The chipset is
The driver is another matter. I found some drivers on the web
but I have installed quiet a few to see which one works. It seems the last three extensions installed got the drive to work.
I installed two sets of drivers
This one came as a installer ;
another set of drivers were from
It came without installer, just the extension files, so to install the extensions I used KextDrop as I'm not familiar with doing it from the MAC console;
and it gave me this.
Driver Installed: Yes
Vendor ID: 0x1b21
Device ID: 0x1042
Subsystem Vendor ID: 0x174c
Subsystem ID: 0x2104
Revision ID: 0x0000
Link Width: x1
Link Speed: 2.5 GT/s
I'm not sure which one worked buts its all worked so I'm pleased.
I copied 2gb in 22 sec so I'm happy.
I also have windows 7 on my pc and got this express card to work with that so I'm very happy. It just took a VERY long time to get all the driver stuff sorted though.