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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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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.
- Small Size: Easy to take with you to tech house-calls
- Both Molex & SATA power adapters (with no additional cables required)
- Universal Compatibility: All sizes & speeds of Hard Disk drives supported
- Works with SATA (and presumably IDE) Internal CD/DVD Drives
- Only $30
- Supports Mac & PC
- External Power required for larger HDDs (not really a con with this product, but it is an inconvenience)
- 2.5" IDE HDDs are not Hot-Pluggable, unlike all my other tested drives.
Yes, I would recommend this product to anyone in need of a way to quickly transfer data to and from internal HDDs. There are a few quirks, as mentioned above, but it does what it claims to do, and does it well.
Here’s what came in the box: The adapter with three data ports (2.5” and 3.5” IDE drives and SATA drives), a power brick with detachable mains pig-tail (plugs into the wall) and a SATA data cable (all pictured assembled in the photo labeled Adapter and Power Brick.)
I tried the adapter first on a 2.5” IDE drive from old laptop. To give you a sense for how old this drive is, its capacity is only 20 Gig! Anyway, all that is needed for this type of drive is the adapter (no power brick) as the drive gets its power from the USB connection. I connected the drive to the adapter (keyed so you can’t screw it up unless you start forcing things and bending pins) and then the USB end to the computer. The blue data transfer LED lit up in the adapter and in about a minute, the drive appeared in my list of available hard disks in Windows 10. The picture labeled 2.5” IDE Laptop Drive shows the various connections used for the 2.5” IDE drive.
Next, I tried the adapter on a 3.5” IDE drive. This drive wasn’t as old as the 2.5”, but at least its capacity (120 GB) shows it age. This go around, I used the other side of the adapter (slightly bigger edge connector. Just like the 2.5” drive connector, the 3.5” connector is keyed, ensuring the pins are lined up correctly. This type of drive requires an external power source, so I plugged the Molex power connector (1 of 2 power connectors coming out of the power brick) into the drive. The Molex connect is keyed so it only fits one way. Next, I plugged the power brick into the wall outlet and turned on the nicely constructed, in-line rocker switch to provide power to the drive. The LED on the rocker switch lit up and the drive spun up to speed. I then plugged the USB cable into the computer with the same, successful results as with the 2.5” IDE drive. Same computer running Windows 10. The picture labeled 3.5” IDE Desktop Drive shows the various connections used for the 3.5” IDE drive.
Lastly, I prepared a 3.5” SATA, 1TB capacity drive. This drive is relatively newer (a couple of years) and had recently been decommissioned because of possible data corruption. Though the drive is still fully functional, I decided to pull it from primary usage until I could put it through its paces to clean up any bad sectors. Just the same, I connected the SATA data cable to the adapter as well as the 3.5” SATA drive. Then I connected the SATA power connecter coming from the power brick to the drive. All of these connectors are keyed so that they only fit one way. As with the 3.5” IDE, I flipped the power brick’s rocker switch on, the LED lights, and the drive spins up. I plugged the USB cable into the computer and sure enough, the drive appears in the list of drives, just like the others. Same computer running Windows 10. The picture labeled 3.5” SATA Desktop Drive shows the various connections used for the 3.5” SATA drive.
Overall, I could not be any happier with the product and the way it has performed thus far. The only drawback is that by virtue of using USB 2.0, the highest data transfer rate I achieved was roughly 25 MB/second. Not blazing, but relatively acceptable.