- Brand Name: Vantec
- Model Number: CB-ISATAU2
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Hardware Platform: Mac, PC
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Vantec CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter Supports 2.5-Inch, 3.5-Inch, 5.25-Inch Hard Disk Drives (Black)
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- Easily Add Storage to Any System with USB
- Supports HDD Capacity Up to 2TB
- Transfer Rates Up to 480 Mbps with USB 2.0
- Hot-Swappable: Plug and Play without Rebooting
- Compatible Windows PC or Mac with Available USB 2.0 Port
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- the actual adapter itself, which provides an USB connection to 3 different types of hard drive connectors -- 5.25" / 3.5" IDE, 2.5" IDE, and SATA.
- an IDE (4-pin MOLEX) power adapter.
- one SATA-to-SATA data cable.
- one IDE (4-pin MOLEX) power to SATA power adapter.
- a mini-CD containing a manual and drivers. It is not necessary to install drivers in Windows ME / 2000/ XP and above systems.
Both the SATA/IDE-to-USB and power adapter cables are reasonably lengthy; 3' for the former, maybe 5.5' for the latter.
Vantec's SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter provides an easy way to access a hard drive without needing to install it into a computer. It also works great for extracting data from old computers without having to figure out how to turn them on -- all you have to do is take out the hard drive.
A device like this is a must-have for techies and pros who work with multiple hard disk drives and frequently need to quickly connect an external drive to a PC, regardless whether it's 2.5 or 3.5", SATA or IDE.
When I was buying the first one, I chose the box which weighted less, and apparently that was not a relevant reason, but coincidentaly I made a good choice.
Disadvantages of this device compared to Bytecc's one:
- More parts to carry with, more complex connection
- Needs a manual, which is, although mostly decent technical writing, printed in four pages per one printout without any collating or order
- The power connector (provides the same connection as the standard IDE drive type of power connector usually found inside of PCs) is connected to the power supply with a very do-it-yourself style cable which works but it's rugged with cables sticking out of it and it doesn't have the finish or an appeal of a good quality product.
- It needs several different power cables/adapters and it's easy to lose some
- Unlike the power connectors, the data part/connector looks a bit more sturdy/compact compared to Bytecc
- The SATA drive data connection is done via a regular SATA data cable, so it would work with any SATA drives with non-standard distance between the power and data connector (I haven't seen any like that yet and I've worked with both 2.5" and 3.5" SATA drives).
The USB and AC power supply cables on both devices are too short and could be at least 3' longer.
You may want to read my review of bytecc adapter like this which gives more details how this concept works.
Bottomline: Good product, mostly for techies, my experience with Bytecc one is better
BEST 2O BUCKS I EVER SPENT!!! All my data is now safely residing on another computer (along with an external back-up) thanks to this device. It's not the prettiest looking thing (definitely a case of "function over form" which is much better than the other way around) and the instructions are a little sparse, but it was easy enough to figure out anyway. In case anyone is wondering, the hard drive I used this on is a Maxtor IDE 3.5" IDE drive.Read more ›
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Great tool to easily check out old drives you have lying around. I found a bunch of files I thought I lost.Published 12 hours ago by Timothy McConnell
Very quick shipping ... Item as described. And at a GREAT BARGAIN!! Thank You!!!!Published 1 day ago by Greg Blalock
I bought this through Prime Now, However I'm stupid I didn't know these items could only be used with certain windows. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sara
Great tool for data transfer and repair. Cheap AC adapter will go bad sooner than later.Published 8 days ago by Sunfrolicr
Worth it if you need to work on numerous HDDs, especially when working in a school.Published 8 days ago by Jonathan Jung
Didn't pick up any of my drives that work with other other adapters.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer