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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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- 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
- Fully compliant with usb 2.0 and usb 1.1
- Up to 480 mbps data transfer rate
- Usb to ide/sata adapter
- Easily transfers files from a computer or laptop, backup files or store large file archives
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|Item Dimensions||5.5 x 8 x 1.75 in||5 x 6.8 x 2.2 in||3.6 x 7.2 x 3 in||8.66 x 7.8 x 0.39 in||6.5 x 9.21 x 2.09 in||5.1 x 5.2 x 2.5 in|
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.
I would buy this product again.
This adapter/tool has a power cable that will power either Molex 4-pin or a keyed SATA power. You do not need to connect the power to your PC at all. It has three data plugs--1 for SATA, one for 3.5" IDE, and one for 2.5" laptop IDE drives. So all you do is connect the data and the power plug that match your drive. Then you plug the device into wall power. The final step is to plug the USB cable into your computer. Once that's all ready, you have a temporary external drive! Flick the power switch and the computer detects it as if it was a thumb drive or other external USB drive. It's not an enclosure, it's for temporary use to read an old drive or a bare drive or when migrating from one computer to another. If you want a permanent external drive, use an enclosure. But to salvage, this is great!
1) It's very sturdy-looking and cleanly molded. We've all seen computer devices that weren't and it's a good sign that this looks solid.
2) Low price. No need to buy a whole enclosure.
3) Easy to use. Admittedly I'm a pro, but my kid could do this and he's 7.
4) Keyed plugs--you can't really make a mistake and fry anything.
5) Covers all three kinds of drives you're likely to encounter.
6) Speed was comparable to other USB drive connections.
7) Worked with various used drives I tried, big, small, old, new, IDE, SATA.
None. If you need a permanent enclosure, obviously, buy an enclosure. But for temporary connections, this tool is ideal. I've seen them for much more money but this does the job.
There are two issues with this cable, both of which I'm willing to overlook for the price and versatility offered. One, USB 2.0 is not the latest and greatest of the USB technologies--there are faster cables available assuming your computer has USB 3.0 ports installed. This isn't a big issue for formatting drives, but might matter if you're transferring lots and lots of data. This brings me to mention that this cable is probably better for one off jobs like reformatting--if you're permanently hooking this up to an external drive you should instead be shopping for an external enclosure. Two, there is some clutter with this cable. It is pretty well covered by other reviewers, but I'll just say that you'll have to be conscious of a few different plugs and it will look kind of ugly even when properly set up. That all said, for half the price or less of a less versatile external enclosure this cable is a great tool to have in your arsenal.