|Brand Name||Newer Tech|
|Item model number||NWTU3NVSPATA|
|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||7.9 x 6.2 x 1.7 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||7.9 x 6.2 x 1.7 inches|
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Newer Tech Universal Hd Optical To USB 3.0 Superspeed S Adapter (NWTU3NVSPATA)
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- Connects Any 2.5", 3.5" Or 5.25" Drive Via Sub 3.0 Interface
- Adapter With Power
- Fast, Simple, Plug & Play
- Great For Transferring Data
- Convenient Led Informs Of An Accurate Device
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The Newer Technology USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter makes it easy to transfer data between the old and new drives as well as give the old drive a second life as an external storage solution. It's a complete solution that allows any 2.5", 3.5", or 5.25" hard drive or optical drive with any standard IDE/ATA/ATAPI 40 pin or SATA interface to be connected via USB to any USB equipped computer for file transfer, backing-up and storing file archives, and accessing data on stored backup drives with Plug and Play ease.
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UPDATE (Jan 1, 2013): After 1 month the unit just stopped working and I've had to return it. The USB connection in the main unit seemed to have had a bad soldering job, if you pushed on the USB cable just right it would work for a few minutes until your hand got sore. If they just did a bit better quality control this would be an amazing product.
I plugged the old HD into the new MacBook Pro and although the device lit up (which according to the instructions means it's getting power from the computer), the MacBook didn't see it. I tried reconnecting and it still didn't work. Finally I went to the instructions. They're not the best and even give the impression that the device doesn't work with laptops (it does, at least for me). I decided to connect the power supply to the HD. Bam! The MacBook could see it immediately. I have not gotten any farther than that.
One complaint: the power cable is already built into the bridge and if you are going to use the power supply you need to plug it into the free end of the bridge's cable. That has four metal prongs and when I tried to connect the power cable several bent, making it impossible to connect (fortunately I did not try to force it). I had to move them back in place and make two more attempts before success. I suspect this wasn't very good for the prongs and will contact the manufacturer to see if they'll provide a new cable.
I gave it a 5 despite the above issue because that's a minor, correctable issue and overall I'm very impressed with the device.
When I first plugged in the Universal Drive Adapter (to an IDE drive) and plugged in to a Windows 7 desktop computer, the drive quickly appeared on the Devices list in Control Panel, but would not display on the list of drives (under "Computer") so that files could be written or copied. No messages came up and I was at a loss on how to view the drive contents. I then tried it with a Windows laptop. Same result.
When I connected the UDA/IDE drive to a MacBook, it discovered the drive AND told me the hard drive needed to be formatted. I formatted the drive (MS_DOS FAT), and that resulted in a useable drive back on the Windows computer. Now everything works great, with the old IDE drive perfectly functioning as an expansion of my storage space.
Update. The adapter DID connect to my Dell laptop drive. It turns out I had to remove a connector from the drive and then it connected directly to the adapter.
The good people at macsales.com answered my question on the first review and got me straightened out.
I have had mine for about a year, and have nothing but praise. I used it in a business environment where we had quite a few computers that were being upgraded and shifted around. That meant that I used IDE and SATA often. Prior to this tool, getting info off old IDE drives was tricky, especially when we upgrading because of OS problems.
The only think I have that resembles a complaint is I had some difficulty getting it to play nice with a Mac. Not wanting to fool with getting this to work on a customer's computer, I pulled out my trusty ThinkBook, and did what I needed through it. It may or may have not worked with the Mac--but I didn't waste my time trying to figure it out. As far as OSs, I've used it with Windows XP, 7 and several linux distributions. All had no trouble at all. The only hiccup I had was on a Mac... but to be quite frank, that Mac was badly screwed up when it came to me, so it may have been no fault of the device.
Would I buy it again? Absolutely. Would I recommended it to another? For sure. With USB 3.0 connectivity and the price, it is hard to beat.