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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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Product Description

Style: USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA

The SATA/IDE-USB Adapter gives you the flexibility of connecting almost any type of drive to your computer via USB.  SATA, 3.5-inch IDE, 5.25-inch IDE, and 2.5-inch IDE drives are all supported and can be easily hot-swapped to your system.  The included external power adapter will allow you to power your drives outside your system giving you the ability to quickly add or swap between drives without opening your case.  The SATA/IDE-USB adapter incorporates 3 interfaces to one USB adapters.

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Style:USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA

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National Stock Number 5995-01-578-9628
Brand Name Vantec
Item model number CB-ISATAU2
Hardware Platform Mac, PC
Item Weight 2.4 ounces
Product Dimensions 2.8 x 1.7 x 0.4 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 2.76 x 1.69 x 0.39 inches
Color Black
Voltage 110

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ASIN B000J01I1G
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4.2 out of 5 stars 2,450 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #41 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Computer Cable Adapters
#231 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Cables & Interconnects
#328 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Cables
Shipping Weight 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available March 20, 2008

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By H. Lam on February 26, 2008
Style Name: USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA
This is a very useful device for anyone with a bit of experience tinkering under the hood of a computer. The package includes:

- 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.
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Style Name: USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA
I bought two devices of this kind, one is this Vantec USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE adapter and the other one is Bytecc, which is a little less cumbersome to use.

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

Advantages:

- 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
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I recently had a WinXP machine die, and needed to transfer the hard drives to my new Vista computer. I also had a couple of hard drives left over from a Win98 machine from another computer that died 5 years ago. I was able to transfer all four drives with no problems whatsoever. I'd seen in another review, that someone was having problems with large files. I had a couple files as big as 20GB, and had no problems. Best $28 I've spent in a while (the place where I bought my computer wanted to charge $85 per drive to do the transfer).
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So there are a few bad reviews saying the power supply destroys things, so before I plugged it into anything important, I measured the output voltages with a multimeter. The power supply that came with it is Flypower MODEL SPP34-12.0/5.0-2000.

The power switch in the cord is not making good contact. If I push it hard to the ON position, it reads 5 V on the red line. When I let go, it sometimes stays at 5 V but sometimes settles at 1.5 or 2.5 or something else. So the power switch is making a shoddy connection and that's why some people say it only works sometimes.

Also only one of the ground wires is connected. The other appears to be floating. Not sure if this actually matters or not, since they'll usually be connected together inside the drive(?), but it doesn't exactly inspire confidence.

Even when it's connected well, it's 5.29 VDC, which is slightly above the ATX power supply limit of 5.25 VDC. This probably doesn't really matter, since it will droop under load, but still. The yellow pin is 12.28 VDC, which is within the limits.
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My 6.5 year old desktop died on me last week and I although I have been warned many times that I should regularly back-up my data, I was very lax about doing this (my last back-up was nearly 2 years ago). Of course panic started setting in when I began realizing all of the work documents, photos, TONS of music, etc. that I have added since then. Thankfully after doing some quick research online I learned that as long as the old hard drive was still ok in the desktop (it was), then one of these USB adapter kits was all I needed to retrieve all my old files and move them on to another drive. I had some difficulty removing the old drive from the "slim" tower it was in, but that's because I've never done this before and really doesn't have anything to do with this product. One of the tech sites I was looking at recommended another version of this product made by a different company (sorry their name escapes me at the moment), but upon doing a little more investigating (mainly through customer reviews), I saw that many people had trouble with that brand not working properly and even destroying their HDD altogether (eek!). I came across this model by Vantec on Amazon and saw that most people were giving positive feedback on it so I went ahead and made the purchase.

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.
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