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C2G / Cables To Go 30504 USB 2.0 to IDE or Serial ATA Drive Adapter Cable,Black(33 -Inch)
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- Type: Serial/Ultra ATA Controller
- Length: USB
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Turn any IDE or SATA drive into a convenient external drive! Simply connect one IDE/ATAPI or SATA-based mass storage device through a USB port to easily transfer files from a computer or laptop, backup files or store large file archives on an external hard drive. The USB 2.0 interface enables easy installation with its plug-and-play design. The adapter supports all existing IDE/ATAPI devices such as Iomega Zip, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM and IDE hard drives. Compatible with current drive sizes on the market such as 1 and 2 TB SATA and 750 GB IDE drives.
Because this adapter can handle all sizes and types of mass storage drives, it's a great solution for recovering personal files from IDE or SATA drives from computers that have had motherboard failures. Includes an integrated USB transceiver; supports USB Suspend/Resume and Remote Wakeup; and a 5 Volt (1 Ampere) power supply that supports both SATA power and standard 4-pin Molex (LP4) power connectors. Plus, the on/off switch on the power supply lets you shut off an attached drive without having to disconnect when not in use. (for 3.5in and 5.25in drives), 44-pin IDC Female (for 2.5in drives), 7-pin SATA Female (for SATA drives).
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I finally smartened up and bought the Cables To Go adapter and it has made the task of hooking up a bare drive so much easier and faster. Now all I have to do is plug two cables into my bare SATA drive, power up the drive, and then hook up the USB cable to my computer. The HD mounts up quickly and I'm then able to do whatever I'd normally be able to do with the HD whether it's transfer files off or on to it, run diagnostics on it... whatever.
This solves a problem for me and does so very reliably and inexpensively. I give it 5 stars. The only thing you need to be careful of is that you will end up with some cable clutter on your desk, so you must use caution in placement of the bare HD, the power brick and cables so that you don't accidentally disrupt data transfer that might be in progress. Take that precaution and you should be a happy camper. I'm so glad I have this. It has really made it super easy to hook up bare drives now and for that I am grateful.
The device comes in a small, yet sturdy box. Upon opening it you are presented with a set of (surprisingly clear) instructions, and underneath those lies the adapter itself. The external power supply involves an adapter brick, and the cables that come out of it. It includes both a 4-Pin Molex connector & a SATA power connector. On the same cable, between the actual connectors and the power brick, is a small switch, which you can use to cut power to the drive without disconnecting the entire setup. The construction on the adapter itself is solid, and the blue status/access LED is a nice touch. Also included is a small SATA data cable (just a few inches long) to connect SATA drives to the adapter.
As a quick note- 2.5" IDE drives do not require any external power. (unlike their SATA counterparts)
I tested five kinds of drives that it claims to support:
1. 3.5" IDE HDD: No trouble- connected immediately and data transfer was fast.
2. 2.5" IDE HDD: Would not connect at first- it worked after I disconnected all cables before attaching the drive.
3. 3.5" SATA HDD: No trouble. Hot Plugged and powered on immediately- data transfer is fast.
4. 2.5" SATA HDD: Same as before- hot plugged and works fine.
5. 5.25" SATA CD/DVD Drive: Oddly, this actually worked. Useful for a make-shift external optical drive.Read more ›
I would buy this product again.
So four months passed, and my main PC started crashing every five minutes (blue screen of death, with various error messages that made me think it was probably the mother board or the memory or the power supply going bad). So I bought a new PC, and decided to use this nifty adapter to connect the old disk to the new computer so I could copy my data over. The disk wouldn't spin up. The green light on the switch lit up, but the disk---which I was certain was a good one---didn't seem to get any power. I pushed the switch harder toward the ON position, and the disk spun up. As long as I held my thumb hard against the switch, the disk had power. But that's an awkward position to hold for long, and as soon as I relaxed the pressure, the disk lost power.
Took out my trusty Swiss Army knife, pried open the plastic case of the switch (two plastic pieces, glued together), and carefully cut off about 1/8 inch of plastic from each half of the case, to allow the switch to move all the way to the ON position, and used electrician's tape to fasten the case around the switch again.
Now it works perfectly, although it looks like a geek has been messing with it.
5 stars for a great product idea
1 star for implementation of the switch
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great product. I'm extremely satisfied. Got all my old family pictures from my old hard drives.Published 3 days ago by Yafed Xiong
Product quality is very good. All IDE pins perfectly match the disk. My old 3.5" IDE drive just works. Very good for infrequent on-desk use. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Damian
Excellent product. My old laptop crashed, and I used this to get some files off the hard drive. I like that this can accept different size hard drives. Read morePublished 8 days ago by D. Calvert
OMG! This honestly makes your old hard drives a plug and play on your computer. I have 4 or 5 old hard drives from old computers, all different brands and plug in types, and it... Read morePublished 11 days ago by chris tyler
The connector worked perfectly. I was able to salvage media from multiple old hard drives with this.Published 11 days ago by Eric Duff