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StarTech USB 2.0 to SATA IDE Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2009
Size Name: USB 2.0
We use these in our Tech Dept a lot. They are great for testing multiple types of hard-disk drives. Also, if you have some spare/old hard-disk drives lying around, it is a handy way to turn those drives into external backup drives. A few on our staff even have these at home to use in this manner, rather than spending money on a pre-packaged external hard-disk drive in an enclosure. There are some similar units to this out there on the market. We like the Startech as it is a little more compact, choosing to integrate the power connectors. But you have to be attentive to making sure you flip the switch on the connector to power on your device. While I wouldn't think that is such a big deal, I've seen some users get a little befuddled about that. And you don't even need the power connector when working with 2.5" IDE laptop hard-disk drives, as they will be powered via the USB port.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2009
Size Name: USB 2.0Verified Purchase
I wouldn't recommend this device for creating a daily use external drive but if you are a techie that has to go through many different styles and sizes of internal drives this is for you. Heck at this price it is even worth it for the casual user who needs to get data off an old drive or just wants it for "just in case".

If you image your primary drive this would be an option too. Drives are cheap enough you can image to a drive then just store the drive off-site. Beats the heck out of having to deal with a case based external solution. This is just plug in and go.

It allows you to hookup most hard drives, modern and old, laptop and desktop, and read them via a USB port on your existing computer or laptop. No tiny screws to deal with or external cases to have to take apart and put back together just plug in the applicable plugs and plug it into your computer.

The only real downside is having to have a power brick with it but that is not too big a deal. I travel with it when doing site visits and even with the power brick it doesn't take up that much space in my laptop bag.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2013
Size Name: USB 2.0Verified Purchase
Ordered this item July 25, 2013 and received it the next day. My son had an Acer laptop that got fried after his son spilled iced Tea all over the keyboard. The laptop was about 5 or 6 years old but my daughter-in-law stored all her digital camera pictures on the hard drive. With the laptop fried, there was no way to retrieve the pictures. She gave it to a friend of hers to see if the pictures could be saved but with no luck. I asked her to let me look at the laptop to see what I could do. After getting the laptop, I found out real fast that there was a short circuit somewhere on the printed circuit board. I then proceeded to pull the hard drive out of the laptop, hoping that it wasn't crashed. Then I hunted around for a device that could both power up the hard drive and extract the information via USB2 connector. Google led me to Amazon where I hit on this device. After reading all the good and bad posts, I figured it was a crap shoot and maybe I would get lucky. So I ordered the StarTech USB 2.0 to SATA IDE Adapter (USB2SATAIDE) from Amazon. I had two other hard drives laying around both of which were IDE hard drives. The hard drive I pulled from my son's laptop was a SATA hard drive. I decided to test the adapter on the IDE drives first. When trying to plug the data pickup device to the IDE drive, I found that lining up the pins on the hard drive was challenging and very stiff. The first time I bent a couple pins on the hard drive. After straightening them out, I tried to plug the data pickup to the drive again. This time I was successful. I disconnected and reconnected the device to the hard drive a few time and the operation got smoother. As another poster noted, before hooking the USB2 connector to your computer, hook up the power supply and data pickup to the hard drive first and then turn the power on. If it doesn't blow up, then plug the USB2 connector to your computer. My OS is Windows 7 64 bit and the OS picked up the USB2 connection automatically, which meant that I didn't have to mount any drivers for the StarTech device. I opened Windows Explorer and found the hard drive listed as Drive F:. Opening the F drive, I reviewed the hard drive contents and copied a few files from the hard drive to a temporary folder I created on my computer hard drive. Seeing that this worked fine, I then disconnected the USB2 connector ONLY AFTER CLICKING ON THE USB ICON IN SYSTEM TRAY REQUESTING TO DISCONNECT THE USB2. After getting confirmation that the USB2 was safe to disconnect, I pulled the USB2 connector from my computer. I shut all power off to the Startech and disconnected the IDE hard drive. Now I connected the hard drive from the laptop. This hard drive is a Toshiba HDD2D92 SATA hard drive. After connecting the power cable to the SATA hard drive, I hooked up the SATA cable from the hard drive to the data pickup device. Upon completion, I then powered up and no mushroom cloud. I then plugged the USB2 connector to my computer and Viola! I had access to the laptop hard drive. To make sure I didn't run up against any locked folders on the laptop drive, I took ownership of the whole drive. I found where the camera pictures were located and copied them over to a temporary folder on my hard drive. There were 4900 pictures in all. All told, it took me about 3 hours to do all the above steps. Since I'm retired, I work slowly making sure I don't take any shortcuts that could create problems. This item worked as advertised. Not recommended for long term usage as an aux drive connection. It takes up too much room on my desk and has to be close (~15 inches) from the USB2 receptacle. I highly recommend this item for emergency hookup to a hard drive that is removed from it's parent computer. Oh, by the way, there is an instruction booklet included in the package, but I didn't notice it until after I was done doing my transfers. The connections are intuitively easy. Even a caveman can do it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2010
Size Name: USB 2.0Verified Purchase
We have been looking for a product in our shop that does everything this one does. It is not several pieces so we don't lose them. It has the on/off switch which is extremely convenient. We have tried several products and they were either inconvenient and clumsy to work with or just didn't last very long. I don't think we will be replacing this one anytime soon because of it's quality, but if I need another one it will be the same one. Well worth the slightly higher price!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2010
Size Name: USB 2.0Verified Purchase
Everybody who works on computers should own one of these adapters. I've gone through a pile of the things over the years and have used several brands - this Startech is my favorite to date. The most common point of failure in these adapters is the power brick. If you plan to use the adapter regularly, buy a higher quality one like this Startech which has a beefier ac adapter with separately switched leads for the 4 pin and sata power connectors. The data connectors are of very good quality as well and the device has connection/busy status LEDs. My only complaint is that the sata connector should be on the top rather than the end so that it need not be removed to connect a 3.5 IDE drive.

TL;DR - Buy this adapter instead of wasting time with the cheaper ones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2013
Size Name: USB 2.0Verified Purchase
I ordered one of these and it never worked. I use these types of adapters often and am very familiar with them. Amazon was great in allowing me to return it and swap it for the same kind (thinking I had simply gotten a "lemon"). The replacement unit also failed to work. When opening the box I noticed that all the parts and cables barely fit in the box and were jammed in there. The USB cable had a 90° kink in it (no bueno for a data cable) and was probably the cause of the problem. The power cable worked fine. The problem probably isn't the workmanship -- it's a problem with the packaging and shipping. However, "2 strikes and you're out." I'll try a different brand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2013
Size Name: USB 2.0Verified Purchase
Upon receipt of the box and components contained within, which includes (i) Driver CD (Note* It is a Mini-CD, Not standard size); (ii) Country Adapter with Fuse for Power Adapter; (iii) Country Adapter; (iv) eSata Cable, (v) Power Supply for each of the 3 options provided - SATA and both IDE. Performs perfectly if used correctly. Make note that after the Driver is installed shutdown the computer completely; then plug in the hard-drive you wish to access to the StarTech device; after this power on the computer. When the computer completes starting up it will have installed the device driver ** Make sure the CD contained within the box is in the CD tray when your computer has been started to ensure the appropriate driver is installed. Following this you will have access to your drives with no problems. As it states in the manual contained within the box I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you be patient, shut-down the computer, and then after the computer has completely shut-off then disconnect the hard drive *Better safe than sorry". Bottom Line - If you are needing heavy use this is not the device for you, obviously at this price. However, if you are like me and need something like this a few times a year it is perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2012
Size Name: USB 2.0Verified Purchase
I love this device. It's worth spending the few extra bucks to get the quality and warranty included with the StarTech.com cable. I recently threw away an old computer but kept its two internal IDE hard drives, an internal IDE DVD burner, and an internal SATA (which I had a device to convert it to IDE) DVD burner. My two hard drives now work through my laptop's USB port. All I had to do is plug them in, power on the cable, go to Disk Management in the Control Panel, and assign and partition the volumes as NTFS. This took two minutes per drive. My DVD burners worked immediately (one as IDE and the other as SATA) and burn much quicker than my laptop's internal burner. This product works exactly like I had hoped.

One thing to keep in mind is that using this to plug in old drives is not the best idea for storage you need to access and manipulate often. Data transfer is slow. I have a 2 TB external hard drive and am now using these old internal hard drives to back up all data on that drive in case in breaks. For this purpose, only using the cable once a month or so to back up data to these old drives, I highly recommend the adapter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2014
Size Name: USB 3.0Verified Purchase
I bought this adapter because I often fix people's computers at their house, and it's nice to be able to connect PATA and SATA hard drives to my laptop for debugging. I've used this adapter to mount a wide variety of PATA drives I had available to me, and it worked well on all of them. It also worked on the two SATA drives I tested.

Overall, the product is well manufactured; the power supply is particularly high quality compared to those in similar products. These type of adapters are designed to be cheaper than their enclosed counterparts, but this is definitely one of the better non-enclosure adapters.

The major limitation of this adapter is that it does not support SMART testing on PATA drives, at least when using the smartmonutils package. Since testing hard drives to see if they are working propertly is one of the main reasons I bought this adapter, this is a large disadvantage. The good news is that SMART does work for SATA drives (using the -d sat,12 flag on smartmonutils), and since SATA drives are becoming increasingly common, this limitation is not the end of the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2012
Size Name: USB 2.0Verified Purchase
I was originally going to go with a cheap version of this type of device, but after reading feedback on them I realized cheaper wasn't probably better. I recieved the equipment on time, packages well and it had everything I needed to support all hard drive types. The directions were simple to read and to the point.

I have used Startech equipment before when I was a network engineer dealing with servers and desktops. I always had good luck and trust the name. This equipment was no different.

I would recommend just as an FYI for any users of this type of equipment (startech or not). Hook up your harddrive and power everything up BEFORE you connect the USB to your destination machine (PC or Server). This will avoid any issues with the equipment or shorts in the drive from damaging your system.

Great Product.
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