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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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- 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.
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
- 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
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.
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.Read more ›
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This product was exactly what I needed. Had two 2.5" internal HDD's that needed to be hooked up via USB3.0 and so far these enclosures and adapters are working greatPublished 4 hours ago by Baboon
Was missing parts. What a let down i cant even use it. Ebay is better at making sure u get everything included. Sooo dissapointed l. Buyer bewarePublished 11 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Grabbed the old stuff off of my laptop that died. No problems, basic instructions, would recommend.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
It could not be simpler. Worked perfectly. No set up. No hassel. Using an IDA or SATA to USB, this is the way to go.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
My first use of this SATA Adaptor was on the naked hard drive from my old desktop which quit working in 2015. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dari Lyn
Used it to clone my laptop's hard drive on to a Samsung solid state drive. Worked great. I also bought it to pull data off of old IDE drives to newer SATA drives and to wipe the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by K. M. B.