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Trashed two drives.,
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This review is from: SANOXY A12940 SATA/PATA/IDE Drive to USB 2.0 Adapter Converter Cable (Personal Computers)
Faulty internal power connector, managed to fry an optical drive and a rather important laptop HD. Check the connectors on every piece of equipment in this package if you use it. I plugged my hard drive in and immediately the smell of burning plastic and wisps of smoke begin emerging from my once operational hard drive. I'm now looking into professional data recovery which will cost me hundreds of times more then this product cost me. Spend a little extra and get a real piece of equipment...trust me its not worth the headaches.
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Initial post: Dec 14, 2010 9:12:31 AM PST
John Bentley says:
I have used a similar unit. It is unfortuntately easy to hook the power to the hard drive / CD-ROM upside down which will fry the unit. I have learned to check very carefully before connecting.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 9:18:08 PM PST
A. Rausch says:
How do you know which is the proper way????? I'm about to connect!
Posted on Feb 24, 2012 8:31:04 PM PST
T. WANG says:
this adapter is so bad, when I used it, I burned two hard drives. the connect is truly ugly, please never buy it, otherwise, you will be regret forever!!!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2012 7:49:36 AM PDT
Helen Poland says:
Look at the connector carefully. One side has rounded corners and the other has square edges. This matches the correct fit on the drive unit. The fit is not easy, even when you have it right (manufacture on this part is not good). However, if you look carefully and work with the fit, the unit works very well.
Posted on Aug 29, 2012 2:26:30 PM PDT
The DC power supply connectors have two corners that are cut at a 45 degree angle. This is intended to make it impossible to plug the power supply in backward. However on this unit, the power supply cable is not well made, and it almost as easy to plug it in wrong as it is to plug it in right. This is a big problem, and will result in damaging your drive.
This problem is not unique to this unit, it is a common problem where instead of nylon amphenol style, the manufacturer uses a softer molded-on plastic resin. All of usb converters I have purchased have a similar issue on the power supply cable. I've been using power supply drive cables since the early 1980's, so I'm used to looking at them and being careful, but a person casually plugging things together could easily reverse the connection.The only answer is to always be careful!
Posted on Nov 6, 2012 12:44:55 AM PST
AJ CA says:
Another big complication is that on some IDE CD/DVD drives it's physically impossible to connect both the IDE cable and power cable at once, since the former blocks the path of the latter, unless you twist it out of position (not workable). If the IDE cable was sticking straight out from the back of its connector this wouldn't be a problem.
Also, the power cable on mine lacked a ground pin (just a black hole). Not sure if that's intentional for some reason, but this kit is as cheap as it gets. I couldn't get any sign of power to the HDD I tested it on. And RMA return shipping isn't really worth the price of admission.
Posted on Jun 18, 2013 6:46:46 AM PDT
Wayne Lee says:
I too had a similar experience with a purchase of item almost exactly like this. The ac to dc converter was faulty, and I heard a pop and then the smell of burning plastic. I pulled the plug before anything else was damaged. I was more lucky than you. You have to go with the brand names, cause the downside is too much of a gamble. Losing a house to an electrical fire in not worth it.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2013 1:19:37 PM PST
Bryan Henderson says:
Clarification: the standard connector has two ground pins. This product lacks one of them. It also lacks the wire that would go from it to the power supply. Cheap to be sure, but I can't say whether it actually matters.
Posted on Feb 23, 2014 12:02:19 PM PST
Chet Fakir says:
Wow, thanks for the heads up. I was considering buying this, not anymore.