• StarTech.com USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter - 2.5 / 3.5" SSD / HDD - USB to IDE & SATA Converter Cable - USB Hard Drive Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)
  • StarTech.com USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter - 2.5 / 3.5" SSD / HDD - USB to IDE & SATA Converter Cable - USB Hard Drive Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)
  • StarTech.com USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter - 2.5 / 3.5" SSD / HDD - USB to IDE & SATA Converter Cable - USB Hard Drive Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)
  • StarTech.com USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter - 2.5 / 3.5" SSD / HDD - USB to IDE & SATA Converter Cable - USB Hard Drive Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)
  • StarTech.com USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter - 2.5 / 3.5" SSD / HDD - USB to IDE & SATA Converter Cable - USB Hard Drive Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)
  • StarTech.com USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter - 2.5 / 3.5" SSD / HDD - USB to IDE & SATA Converter Cable - USB Hard Drive Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)
  • StarTech.com USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter - 2.5 / 3.5" SSD / HDD - USB to IDE & SATA Converter Cable - USB Hard Drive Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)
StarTech.com USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter - 2.5 / 3.5" SSD / HDD - USB to IDE & SATA Converter Cable - USB Hard Drive Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)
StarTech.com USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter - 2.5 / 3.5" SSD / HDD - USB to IDE & SATA Converter Cable - USB Hard Drive Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)
StarTech.com USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter - 2.5 / 3.5" SSD / HDD - USB to IDE & SATA Converter Cable - USB Hard Drive Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)
StarTech.com USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter - 2.5 / 3.5" SSD / HDD - USB to IDE & SATA Converter Cable - USB Hard Drive Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)
StarTech.com USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter - 2.5 / 3.5" SSD / HDD - USB to IDE & SATA Converter Cable - USB Hard Drive Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)
StarTech.com USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter - 2.5 / 3.5" SSD / HDD - USB to IDE & SATA Converter Cable - USB Hard Drive Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)
StarTech.com USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter - 2.5 / 3.5" SSD / HDD - USB to IDE & SATA Converter Cable - USB Hard Drive Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)

StarTech.com USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter - 2.5 / 3.5" SSD / HDD - USB to IDE & SATA Converter Cable - USB Hard Drive Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)

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  • DUAL HARD DRIVE CAPABILITIES: This USB 2.0 to IDE SATA adapter has built in connectors for both 2.5 and 3.5 inch SATA and IDE hard drives so you can quickly and easily connect your hard drives through your USB 2.0 port.
  • CONVENIENT FEATURES: The built in LED indicators on the USB hard drive adapter cable enable users to see status and activity updates quickly and conveniently.
  • IDEAL FOR TRAVEL: Designed to be lightweight and compact, this serial ATA and IDE converter cable for your 2.5 / 3.5 in SSD and HDD is the perfect travel accessory for professionals on the go.
  • HIGH SPEED PERFORMANCE: With support for USB 2.0 this USB to SATA / IDE adapter dongle supports transfer rates up to 480 Mbps.
  • RELIABLE PERFORMANCE: Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty, this USB 2.0 to IDE SATA adapter cable has free lifetime technical support.

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My only goal in writing this review is to help someone who might be in exactly my circumstances so they don't waste any time try I'll give StarTech 5 stars - even though this cable should have worked for me and didn't.My only goal in writing this review is to help someone who might be in exactly my circumstances so they don't waste any time trying to troubleshoot the same issue that struck me. And to pay a compliment to StarTech.I have an old Mac Pro tower circa 2008 and a new MacBook Pro. I was trying to get some data off an old 2.5" SATA drive that had lived in my tower and was now sitting on a shelf. The StarTech USB-to-SATA cable would not power up my old drive.My old 2.5" SATA drive is a WD Velociraptor. They were wicked fast in their day. And also consumed more juice than their peers (my Velociraptor drive is a WD1500BLFS 150GB drive - it is spec'd at 0.95A@5VDC + 0.3A@12VDC - that's a LOT of juice - almost 10W!). I wasn't sure if this StarTech cable could handle it. My Apple says that it will only handle half of that, but I have a hub that will do a lot more.The setup just didn't work. So I bought a new Samsung SSD here from Amazon, plugged the old 2.5" drive into my Mac Pro tower and copied the data using to my SSD using the StarTech cable in a, pardon the pun, flash.So, you ask, why the 5 stars for StarTech for something that didn't work for me? Simple. Two reasons. First, they took the time to put a tiny LED on their cable. Thanks, StarTech! When I plugged the StarTech into my Mac and it wouldn't power up my 2.5" drive, I at least knew (from the LED) that I had a good connection - the problem was likely on my end. I had a second reason for the 5 star review. When I went to sort out the volts and amps and USB thing I found StarTech's website to be complete and easy to navigate. I typed in the part number for this cable and was brought to a page that had full and easy to read tech specs. Apple's tech specs were equally good as were WD's. Wow! StarTech's as thorough as Apple. Who knew?What could have been a 2 hour exercise in frustration was reduced to 15 minutes of trying, failing, reading the tech specs, solving the problem a different way and getting on with my life. Too bad other vendors aren't as thoughtful. Again, thanks StarTech! 5Using HDDs as External USB DrivesI have a lot of data that I needed to back up on my main computer, as well as my laptop in case of an emergency. I also needed to move data across my laptop and main computer. I was contemplating on buying one of those external USB drives (WD My Passport), until I looked on my desk and see that I had a lot of bare internal HDDs just laying around.All the hard drives that I had stacked are the old PATA (IDE) hard drives. I thought if there was something in the market that would allow me to use internal hard drives into external USB disks. I did quite a lot of research into this and finally came across this product.When I got this in the mail, I picked up the first HDD, which is a Maxtor 40GB PATA HDD. You'll want to connect the power to the HDD first and flick the power switch to on before connecting the USB to your computer, otherwise, it will not show. After I powered it up and connected it to the computer, it showed up in "My Computer". I transferred about 20GB worth of files (software, videos, and documents). I was BLOWN AWAY by the speed. I usually use a USB stick to transfer files around and usually get about 4-6 MBps transfer speeds (using TeraCopy). With this, I was getting 26 MBps transfer speeds.Next, I readied my 250GB Seagate 7800 RPM Barracuda drive. It would not show up first, so I went into Disk Management and formatted the drive, assigned it a letter, and it showed up in "My Computer". Again, I was very happy with how fast the files were transferring on this.All in all, the only thing I wish was done here is that the power brick and the wire with the plug were all one unit. Other than that, I'm using this amazing device to turn my old hard drives into backup drives and external drives.5Works as advertised! I have used it several times to create full images of my laptop, desktop and my wife's laptop SSDs to a Seagate Archive HDD 8TB SATA 6GBps 128MB Cache SATA Hard Drive (ST8000AS0002), using the free opensource Clonezilla.Pros: It will work with SATA 2.5in and 3.5in drives It works with USB 3.1 for faster transfer speed It comes with a power adapter (to power up 3.5in drives or drives that require more power) Small and easy to use It was recognized by Windows 10 immediately Works with ClonezillaCons: I have not found anything bad to say yet, dang!Other thoughts Find a way to cool down your external hard drive if you are planning on using it continuously for many hours, it can get very hot. 5Salvaging files from old laptop hard drives Access and file transfer speed worked far better than anything else I'd used in a long time. Of course, I had to change file permissions on most everything to get to the files, but once that was done one folder and occasionally one file at a time, documents, email files, and image files moved over via cut & paste through windows explorer windows without too much fuss.This came with no software and needs no driver software on Win 10. I was moving files off windows XP and windows 8.1 laptop hard drives onto a windows 10 laptop.This has no novice user interface - if you don't know what you're doing, this may not be a product for you.You have to have a good understanding of windows file structures and windows file permissions and security settings for this to work for you - but if you know that, this is a solid laptop hard drive to USB adapter.This assumes the SATA laptop hard drive you are linking to is in working order with an intact file system. 58 years old, still works.Oh... I forgot to leave a review 8 years ago. I purchased this thing 8 years ago to transfer some large files then used it as USB adapter to play games off a SSHD, so above average abuse. I've used this thing many times to pull data off hard drives, large amounts. I just now dug it out of my misc computer hardware drawer to pull some old movies off my old playstation 3. Still works at the same speed as the day I got it. It's a great, reliable, time tested adapter.5Follow the instructions and pray it will work Purchased to attempt to recover a couple of internal harddrives i had which i thought died in the past. I tested this on 3 harddrives in total: 1 ide, 2 SATA.Product includes1) Usb to SATA female, 40 pin IDE female, 44 pin IDE female2) Male Ide to Ide Male cable3) SATA power port and molex LP4 power port to 12v female4) 12 volt wallplug adapter interchangable with 3 other heads.5) CD6) Instructions for use.Before plugging anything in and messing around. Open the box and Read the instructions. Toss cd on the side its completely useless as Your computer will either recognize the drive or it wont. I looked in it there thinking they would give you a recovery program to use with the device i couldn't find one in there. I could be wrong so take a look.Sata- power onFor data: SataHD > Sata data cable > Star sata to usb> PC.For power: SataHD > Sata power cable > 12v wall adapter.Power the drive up before attaching the usb to pc.Attempt to access the drive..Power offLeave drive on, usb plugged in pc... safely disconnect as prompted in bottom right corner.. turn pc off.. disconnect usb, unplug power from hd.IdeSame processes as Sata but the star connect plugs into the IdeHD directly.I was able to successfully fully recover data from 1 of 3 drives. The other 2 died much earlier and i didn't disgard them. The living drive was from a previous pc build and i didn't format it afterward.I haven't tried any harddrive recovery software so idk if any of the data is recoverable on the 2 dead drives. I had single partitions on each so thats also part of the problem. While loading one my pc eventually froze when trying to access it and the 2nd wouldnt even show up. Good luck! 5Works great. Much higher quality than other, cheaper adapters.I bought this to copy data from an old IDE hard drive onto my laptop. It worked perfectly for that use case. While I have not doubt it will also work well with SATA drives, I have not tried it for that use.If customers have difficulty with this product, I recommend the following steps. These recommendations are based on difficulties I sometimes had using an older generic IDE/SATA to USB adapter:1) Disconnect everything2) Connect the adapter to the SATA or IDE connector on the hard drive. IDE is not spec'd to hot connect, and it's possible that the adapter's SATA port also does not support hot connect. In any case, it's best that neither the hard drive nor the adapter be powered when connecting.3) Plug in the wall wart, connect it to the power adapter, and connect the power adapter to the hard drive. You should hear the drive spin up (unless, of course, it's a flash drive).4) Connect the adapter's USB plug to your computer. A new hard drive should now show up on your computer.At this point you should be able to use the drive the same way you'd use any other USB drive.When finished, disconnect the USB port, unplug from the wall, and disconnect power and the adapter from your hard drive.5This product is spectacular!I love this device. It's worth spending the few extra bucks to get the quality and warranty included with the StarTech.com cable. I recently threw away an old computer but kept its two internal IDE hard drives, an internal IDE DVD burner, and an internal SATA (which I had a device to convert it to IDE) DVD burner. My two hard drives now work through my laptop's USB port. All I had to do is plug them in, power on the cable, go to Disk Management in the Control Panel, and assign and partition the volumes as NTFS. This took two minutes per drive. My DVD burners worked immediately (one as IDE and the other as SATA) and burn much quicker than my laptop's internal burner. This product works exactly like I had hoped.One thing to keep in mind is that using this to plug in old drives is not the best idea for storage you need to access and manipulate often. Data transfer is slow. I have a 2 TB external hard drive and am now using these old internal hard drives to back up all data on that drive in case in breaks. For this purpose, only using the cable once a month or so to back up data to these old drives, I highly recommend the adapter.5It works, just not at 10 Gbps First, this adapter WORKS. Gets the job done.Connected to a Thunderbolt port on my Dell XPS 15 9570, and using a Samsung 840 Pro 512 SATA-III drive. Internal to the laptop is the native PC401 NVMe SK Hynix 1TB SSD.Copying a 25GB VMDx image from the Samsung to the internal NMVe runs reasonably fast, averaging ~455 MBps or about 3640 Mbps (3.5546 Gbps) to be clear, I am reading, ultimately from a SATAIII device, but should be able to get substantially closer to the 6Gbps rated for that interface.copying the SAME file from the internal NVMe back to the SAMSUNG 840 Pro, I 'm only getting ~155MBps (1240 Mbps or 1.211 Gbps)Summary:Reading at ~ 3.5 Gbos, but writing at a dismal 1.2 Gbps. Both of which are a FAR cry from the advertised 10Gbps.Does it function? absolutely. Will you get 10Gbps read/write speeds? um... unlikely. 3Works well, but beware of SMART problems I bought this adapter because I often fix people's computers at their house, and it's nice to be able to connect PATA and SATA hard drives to my laptop for debugging. I've used this adapter to mount a wide variety of PATA drives I had available to me, and it worked well on all of them. It also worked on the two SATA drives I tested.Overall, the product is well manufactured; the power supply is particularly high quality compared to those in similar products. These type of adapters are designed to be cheaper than their enclosed counterparts, but this is definitely one of the better non-enclosure adapters.The major limitation of this adapter is that it does not support SMART testing on PATA drives, at least when using the smartmonutils package. Since testing hard drives to see if they are working propertly is one of the main reasons I bought this adapter, this is a large disadvantage. The good news is that SMART does work for SATA drives (using the -d sat,12 flag on smartmonutils), and since SATA drives are becoming increasingly common, this limitation is not the end of the world. 4Works as Described and Performs to ExpectationsUpon receipt of the box and components contained within, which includes (i) Driver CD (Note* It is a Mini-CD, Not standard size); (ii) Country Adapter with Fuse for Power Adapter; (iii) Country Adapter; (iv) eSata Cable, (v) Power Supply for each of the 3 options provided - SATA and both IDE. Performs perfectly if used correctly. Make note that after the Driver is installed shutdown the computer completely; then plug in the hard-drive you wish to access to the StarTech device; after this power on the computer. When the computer completes starting up it will have installed the device driver ** Make sure the CD contained within the box is in the CD tray when your computer has been started to ensure the appropriate driver is installed. Following this you will have access to your drives with no problems. As it states in the manual contained within the box I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you be patient, shut-down the computer, and then after the computer has completely shut-off then disconnect the hard drive *Better safe than sorry". Bottom Line - If you are needing heavy use this is not the device for you, obviously at this price. However, if you are like me and need something like this a few times a year it is perfect.4Handy! As the family tech guy, I have a handful of old IDE and SATA HDDs from family computers and laptops that have died or been abandoned into my care over the years.I didn t want to go through the process of shutting down my main computer, installing a drive, starting it back up, examining the drive for important files to copy, wiping it, shut down again, remove drive... and repeat...Enter this bundle of cables! Plug them in and boom! IDE or SATA device is now mounted as a USB drive on my Windows 10 or MacBook for examination.A couple potential issues: I have noticed that 7200 rpm drives get hot without airflow so I set them on top of my towers top fan. Lots of copying probably does that to any drive without airflow but I ve only had 7200s to work on.Static discharge is probably still a problem but I don t know any non-professionals who wear a static wristbands, but it s probably a good idea whenever working with components made to be inside a case.Materials are standard plastic materials common to computer components. Everything plugs in and fits as it should. 5Sturdy adapter, works with MacBooks I bought this adapter for inspecting and formatting some SATA hard drives I have sitting around on my desk. Plugging this adapter in is so much more convenient than opening the case of my desktop computer and using one of the internal ports.Even better, this adapter works with my MacBook Pro so I can play with those drives from the comfort of my recliner. Verified to work fine with one of Apple's USB-C to regular USB adapters that you have to use with the 2016 or newer MacBook Pros. No additional drivers are needed to use this adapter with macOS; plug the drive in to the SATA port on the adapter, then plug the USB cable in to the computer. The drive will show up as a USB attached external drive. You can then do anything you like with the drive, just as if it were internal to your computer.I'm happy with the build quality of the adapter. It doesn't feel cheaply made, and comes with a power adapter for the additional power required for larger desktop drives. The connector has a nice snug feel when connected to a hard drive, not loose at all. 5Gets Warm but works well Well it works and yes it is Sata 3.1 but there are a few things that I did not like. First of all it tends to get very warm when it is being used. Second there is no LED to indicate that the drive is being accessed. There is a RED LED on the bottom that appears to indicate power. Lastly while the 20 inch cable may be adequate for use with a laptop it is a royal pain for a desktop with the USB3 connectors in the rear. If they had a 1 meter cable then this would be more suitable ... even better if it were a thin, flexible, braided cable.Update:Bus 004 Device 002: ID 174c:55aa ASMedia Technology Inc. ASM1051E SATA 6Gb/s bridge, ASM1053E SATA 6Gb/s bridge, ASM1153 SATA 3Gb/s bridgeI have noticed that the LED blinks when the drive is being accessed.The computer is an HP 8300 SFF (I7 CPU) and I using MB USB3 ports.The operating System is Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia 64-bit with Linux 4.15.0-33 x86_64 kernel.I used Silicon Power 64 Gbyte S60 SSD for testing.Internal Sata 3 (6 GB/s) : HP 8300 Motherboard (establish base line for drive)Read: 418.1 MB/sWrite: 276.9 MB/sAccess: 0.21 msecSustained Write for 20 GB file: 270 MB/sInternal USB 3.0 : HP 8300 Motherboard (MB USB3 Port)USB 3.1 to SATA3 Adapter: Startech USB312SAT3CBRead: 436.5 MB/sWrite: 286.5 MB/sAccess: 0.25 msecSustained Write for 20 GB file: 283 MB/sExternal USB3.1: Qnine X001Q6NWPD USB3.1 (10GB/s) in PCIe x 4 Slot (adapter card)USB 3.1 to SATA3 Adapter: Startech USB312SAT3CBRead: 443.2 MB/sWrite: 293.5 MB/sAccess: 0.25 msecSustained Write for 20 GB file: 190 MB/s 4A very handy tool More 4.5 stars than 5, mainly because there's some confusion between the instructions and the items that are in the box.I needed a good way to get some (OK, a LOT of) photos and videos off of the drive from two old computers. The computers have long been obsolete (one was a Pentium 3....) and it would have been painful to transfer them via "normal" means. This product enables you to just pull the drive and plug it in to your super fast modern computer via USB 3.0. And it works.There is a mini-CD with some drivers on it, but you don't need this...the adapter is plug and play, at least in the Windows environment. Main thing is to mind the steps you take to get this going. I plug in the power first but I don't turn it on (the power cable has a switch on it), then attach the IDE adapter. I then turn the power on, wait for the drive to spin up to speed, then plug it in the USB on the computer.This is not a problem with the adapter per se, but rather the dumb Windows security protocols...you may run into an issue where you cannot open a file from the disk because you are not the owner. To circumvent this you need to change the owner via the security properties (right click the folder, select properties, then the security tab - it's fairly intuitive from there). Even at that, you may still run into trouble getting access to some files. If I copied them to the host computer's hard drive I didn't have any trouble opening them. It's USB 3.0 so even large file transfers are pretty quick.So I'd say this is something you should really have in your toolbox if you have older computers hanging around - technology is such that we are keeping more and more things in electronic format. It's good to have a tool that can easily access that data if the supporting computer goes toes up for whatever reason. I like this product better than a dock, since this can be coiled up and stored easier than a dock. A good product 5Exactly what I neededMy mom's laptop crashed and burned so she had to get a new one. She had several pictures and files on her old computer that she wanted to save, but the laptop wouldn't even boot up. I took her laptop to several local computer store chains and was told it would be about 100.00 to get the files off of her old laptop. She wasn't really sure exactly what files were on there or what she needed to keep so we didn't know if it was worth that to find out if there were things she needed or not. I noticed the stores were using this product to connect the hard drive, so I went home and found it to buy. Her laptop was old, so most of the other adapters didn't have the correct pin configuration to fit her hard drive. This one worked great. I was able to connect the hard drive from her laptop. This adapter provided the power needed to the hard drive, and I was able to go through her files to find any documents she might need or want to keep. Plus, it was really affordable!5Works As AdvertisedWorks as advertised. All necessary adapters to connect to common types of drives/devices. Versatile. Materials and build quality are what you'd expect in this price range. Instructions seemed a little vague/generalized to me, but I have no previous experience with this type device. Instructions imply that the process is more "automatic" than it is. I needed to extract files from a laptop hard drive that failed. Was able to figure it out and retrieve my files. Could also be used to transfer files from drive to drive (back up). I watched several You Tube videos on how to use this device and other similar devices before I attempted it. If you have experience locating, transferring, backing up files, you will probably be ale to use this adapter with little issues. If you're like me, a novice, you should still be able to get satisfactory results, as long as you do a little research first.4Sata connector brittle - returned I've been using a ThermalTake USB 2.0-to-SATA setup for a while, and it still works just fine. I just wiped two old drives before taking them apart and it took a very long time! I was hoping that cable would be simpler and faster.The first thing I noticed when I pulled the cable out of the package, was that the SATA-side connector appeared light black, whereas everything else was your typical black plastic. This leads me to believe that it was either over-stressed when molded to this shape or the plastic has simply weekend via oxidation.I gently pressed around the very edge of the SATA-side connector and it began to show stress cracks. I pressed just a little harder and the plastic began to crack. This would NOT have affected the ability to connect a drive to it; however, this degraded new product was disconcerting and didn't give me a good feeling regarding durability. 1Works as intended, and then some. So, first off, I had a Powered Sata to USB adapter (i think it was usb 2.0?) and sadly, the signal cut out over and over (different brand and older). So, I honestly bought this one. The price made me a bit hesitant. But I am glad I did.First off, its solid. It doesn't feel like junk in your hand. It doesn't rattle. And best of all, it just works.I recently bought a 6 TB harddrive as my main storage drive, so I had to transfer over my 2 TB drive, and my 100 GB drive onto the 6TB. Down the road I will grab another 6 TB and use windows to link them together as one larger 12 TB drive.My first surprise was the ability to work with my 100 GB drive, which was originally formatted using IDE protocols through SATA, which most motherboards now don't even support..... So the only real way to get my newer PC to recognize the drive, would be to format it, but then I lose my important work data. So using this USB 3.1 adapter, it actually found my drive at let me get my files off it. Which is fantastic. My older adapter form another brand refused to see this drive....Then of course, the 2TB drive went off without a hitch. My older adapter would cut in and out causing data transfer issues, and then it wouldn't allow you to retry, you had to start all over again. This one, not a single issue.My transfer speeds were around 10 Mbps to 130 Mbps which is pretty damn good considering its just an adapter, with speeds staying more in the 80-110 Mbps range. My older adapter, barely hit 30 Mbps, and sat more around 5-15 Mbps.Very pleased with the build quality, as well as the data transfer speeds. 5Very Easy to Use and Works Perfectly - Star Tech 2.5/3.5" SATA/IDE adapterI ordered the Star Tech 2.5/3.5" SATA/IDE adapter to get data off a desktop 3.5" hard drive and it worked perfectly. The adapter I purchased came with a power supply to power the desktop hard drive. I connected all of the necessary cables in a minute or two and the desk top hard drive appeared on my laptop. I was able to transfer the data I needed to my laptop very quickly. The adapter came with a small CD that contains the driver but it wasn't needed in my case. It also comes with instructions but it is fairly self explanatory as to where the cables connect.If you are cloning a 2.5" SATA hard drive then you only need the cable and not the power supply to save some money. Spend $10 more and you get a very versatile adapter.5Plug in power before plugging in USBI bought this to get data off a dead external hard drive, whose problem was the power components built into the external case (rather than with the hard drive itself.) I needed something with the old-style power adapter, since the hard drive is old and the computer has a newer style of power connectors. This has options for both old and new power connections, as well as older and newer SATA connections (where the data cable plugs into the hard drive.) It worked very well for my purposes.Note that I had an initial problem (failure to follow directions!) which you can avoid like so: After plugging the power and data cables into the hard drive, you need to plug in its power BEFORE connecting to the computer's USB port. The LED light will go on, showing that the drive has got power. Then and only then, plug the USB cable into the computer. The drive should show up as a new drive in a few seconds.Another word of advice, in general rather than because of any problems with this drive: I suggest you copy files to or from an external drive, rather than cutting and pasting them, especially if you're moving many at once. This ensures that if there's an interruption in the data transfer for any reason (like accidentally pulling the cord, or your computer going to sleep) you will avoid any possible data corruption.5This is THE one to buy!!!After spending much time researching these adapters, and reading many many reviews, I decided to buy this one. And I definitely chose the right one. This adapter worked great for hooking my old laptop drive (2.5 in. IDE) to my new laptop to transfer files. It came with all sorts of cables for various type of drives, and also an AC power adapter. However, I didn't need any of those to accomplish what I wanted. I didn't even need to use the power adapter. I simply hooked the 2.5 inch laptop drive in, plugged the USB end into my new laptop, and Windows 10 saw the drive!! This adapter came with a tiny Driver CD, but I didn't even need to use that. Windows 10 just saw the drive. I love this adapter, it's awesome!!!5
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My only goal in writing this review is to help someone who might be in exactly my circumstances so they don't waste any time try I'll give StarTech 5 stars - even though this cable should have worked for me and didn't.My only goal in writing this review is to help someone who might be in exactly my circumstances so they don't waste any time trying to troubleshoot the same issue that struck me. And to pay a compliment to StarTech.I have an old Mac Pro tower circa 2008 and a new MacBook Pro. I was trying to get some data off an old 2.5" SATA drive that had lived in my tower and was now sitting on a shelf. The StarTech USB-to-SATA cable would not power up my old drive.My old 2.5" SATA drive is a WD Velociraptor. They were wicked fast in their day. And also consumed more juice than their peers (my Velociraptor drive is a WD1500BLFS 150GB drive - it is spec'd at 0.95A@5VDC + 0.3A@12VDC - that's a LOT of juice - almost 10W!). I wasn't sure if this StarTech cable could handle it. My Apple says that it will only handle half of that, but I have a hub that will do a lot more.The setup just didn't work. So I bought a new Samsung SSD here from Amazon, plugged the old 2.5" drive into my Mac Pro tower and copied the data using to my SSD using the StarTech cable in a, pardon the pun, flash.So, you ask, why the 5 stars for StarTech for something that didn't work for me? Simple. Two reasons. First, they took the time to put a tiny LED on their cable. Thanks, StarTech! When I plugged the StarTech into my Mac and it wouldn't power up my 2.5" drive, I at least knew (from the LED) that I had a good connection - the problem was likely on my end. I had a second reason for the 5 star review. When I went to sort out the volts and amps and USB thing I found StarTech's website to be complete and easy to navigate. I typed in the part number for this cable and was brought to a page that had full and easy to read tech specs. Apple's tech specs were equally good as were WD's. Wow! StarTech's as thorough as Apple. Who knew?What could have been a 2 hour exercise in frustration was reduced to 15 minutes of trying, failing, reading the tech specs, solving the problem a different way and getting on with my life. Too bad other vendors aren't as thoughtful. Again, thanks StarTech! 5Using HDDs as External USB DrivesI have a lot of data that I needed to back up on my main computer, as well as my laptop in case of an emergency. I also needed to move data across my laptop and main computer. I was contemplating on buying one of those external USB drives (WD My Passport), until I looked on my desk and see that I had a lot of bare internal HDDs just laying around.All the hard drives that I had stacked are the old PATA (IDE) hard drives. I thought if there was something in the market that would allow me to use internal hard drives into external USB disks. I did quite a lot of research into this and finally came across this product.When I got this in the mail, I picked up the first HDD, which is a Maxtor 40GB PATA HDD. You'll want to connect the power to the HDD first and flick the power switch to on before connecting the USB to your computer, otherwise, it will not show. After I powered it up and connected it to the computer, it showed up in "My Computer". I transferred about 20GB worth of files (software, videos, and documents). I was BLOWN AWAY by the speed. I usually use a USB stick to transfer files around and usually get about 4-6 MBps transfer speeds (using TeraCopy). With this, I was getting 26 MBps transfer speeds.Next, I readied my 250GB Seagate 7800 RPM Barracuda drive. It would not show up first, so I went into Disk Management and formatted the drive, assigned it a letter, and it showed up in "My Computer". Again, I was very happy with how fast the files were transferring on this.All in all, the only thing I wish was done here is that the power brick and the wire with the plug were all one unit. Other than that, I'm using this amazing device to turn my old hard drives into backup drives and external drives.5Works as advertised! I have used it several times to create full images of my laptop, desktop and my wife's laptop SSDs to a Seagate Archive HDD 8TB SATA 6GBps 128MB Cache SATA Hard Drive (ST8000AS0002), using the free opensource Clonezilla.Pros: It will work with SATA 2.5in and 3.5in drives It works with USB 3.1 for faster transfer speed It comes with a power adapter (to power up 3.5in drives or drives that require more power) Small and easy to use It was recognized by Windows 10 immediately Works with ClonezillaCons: I have not found anything bad to say yet, dang!Other thoughts Find a way to cool down your external hard drive if you are planning on using it continuously for many hours, it can get very hot. 5Salvaging files from old laptop hard drives Access and file transfer speed worked far better than anything else I'd used in a long time. Of course, I had to change file permissions on most everything to get to the files, but once that was done one folder and occasionally one file at a time, documents, email files, and image files moved over via cut & paste through windows explorer windows without too much fuss.This came with no software and needs no driver software on Win 10. I was moving files off windows XP and windows 8.1 laptop hard drives onto a windows 10 laptop.This has no novice user interface - if you don't know what you're doing, this may not be a product for you.You have to have a good understanding of windows file structures and windows file permissions and security settings for this to work for you - but if you know that, this is a solid laptop hard drive to USB adapter.This assumes the SATA laptop hard drive you are linking to is in working order with an intact file system. 58 years old, still works.Oh... I forgot to leave a review 8 years ago. I purchased this thing 8 years ago to transfer some large files then used it as USB adapter to play games off a SSHD, so above average abuse. I've used this thing many times to pull data off hard drives, large amounts. I just now dug it out of my misc computer hardware drawer to pull some old movies off my old playstation 3. Still works at the same speed as the day I got it. It's a great, reliable, time tested adapter.5Follow the instructions and pray it will work Purchased to attempt to recover a couple of internal harddrives i had which i thought died in the past. I tested this on 3 harddrives in total: 1 ide, 2 SATA.Product includes1) Usb to SATA female, 40 pin IDE female, 44 pin IDE female2) Male Ide to Ide Male cable3) SATA power port and molex LP4 power port to 12v female4) 12 volt wallplug adapter interchangable with 3 other heads.5) CD6) Instructions for use.Before plugging anything in and messing around. Open the box and Read the instructions. Toss cd on the side its completely useless as Your computer will either recognize the drive or it wont. I looked in it there thinking they would give you a recovery program to use with the device i couldn't find one in there. I could be wrong so take a look.Sata- power onFor data: SataHD > Sata data cable > Star sata to usb> PC.For power: SataHD > Sata power cable > 12v wall adapter.Power the drive up before attaching the usb to pc.Attempt to access the drive..Power offLeave drive on, usb plugged in pc... safely disconnect as prompted in bottom right corner.. turn pc off.. disconnect usb, unplug power from hd.IdeSame processes as Sata but the star connect plugs into the IdeHD directly.I was able to successfully fully recover data from 1 of 3 drives. The other 2 died much earlier and i didn't disgard them. The living drive was from a previous pc build and i didn't format it afterward.I haven't tried any harddrive recovery software so idk if any of the data is recoverable on the 2 dead drives. I had single partitions on each so thats also part of the problem. While loading one my pc eventually froze when trying to access it and the 2nd wouldnt even show up. Good luck! 5Works great. Much higher quality than other, cheaper adapters.I bought this to copy data from an old IDE hard drive onto my laptop. It worked perfectly for that use case. While I have not doubt it will also work well with SATA drives, I have not tried it for that use.If customers have difficulty with this product, I recommend the following steps. These recommendations are based on difficulties I sometimes had using an older generic IDE/SATA to USB adapter:1) Disconnect everything2) Connect the adapter to the SATA or IDE connector on the hard drive. IDE is not spec'd to hot connect, and it's possible that the adapter's SATA port also does not support hot connect. In any case, it's best that neither the hard drive nor the adapter be powered when connecting.3) Plug in the wall wart, connect it to the power adapter, and connect the power adapter to the hard drive. You should hear the drive spin up (unless, of course, it's a flash drive).4) Connect the adapter's USB plug to your computer. A new hard drive should now show up on your computer.At this point you should be able to use the drive the same way you'd use any other USB drive.When finished, disconnect the USB port, unplug from the wall, and disconnect power and the adapter from your hard drive.5This product is spectacular!I love this device. It's worth spending the few extra bucks to get the quality and warranty included with the StarTech.com cable. I recently threw away an old computer but kept its two internal IDE hard drives, an internal IDE DVD burner, and an internal SATA (which I had a device to convert it to IDE) DVD burner. My two hard drives now work through my laptop's USB port. All I had to do is plug them in, power on the cable, go to Disk Management in the Control Panel, and assign and partition the volumes as NTFS. This took two minutes per drive. My DVD burners worked immediately (one as IDE and the other as SATA) and burn much quicker than my laptop's internal burner. This product works exactly like I had hoped.One thing to keep in mind is that using this to plug in old drives is not the best idea for storage you need to access and manipulate often. Data transfer is slow. I have a 2 TB external hard drive and am now using these old internal hard drives to back up all data on that drive in case in breaks. For this purpose, only using the cable once a month or so to back up data to these old drives, I highly recommend the adapter.5It works, just not at 10 Gbps First, this adapter WORKS. Gets the job done.Connected to a Thunderbolt port on my Dell XPS 15 9570, and using a Samsung 840 Pro 512 SATA-III drive. Internal to the laptop is the native PC401 NVMe SK Hynix 1TB SSD.Copying a 25GB VMDx image from the Samsung to the internal NMVe runs reasonably fast, averaging ~455 MBps or about 3640 Mbps (3.5546 Gbps) to be clear, I am reading, ultimately from a SATAIII device, but should be able to get substantially closer to the 6Gbps rated for that interface.copying the SAME file from the internal NVMe back to the SAMSUNG 840 Pro, I 'm only getting ~155MBps (1240 Mbps or 1.211 Gbps)Summary:Reading at ~ 3.5 Gbos, but writing at a dismal 1.2 Gbps. Both of which are a FAR cry from the advertised 10Gbps.Does it function? absolutely. Will you get 10Gbps read/write speeds? um... unlikely. 3Works well, but beware of SMART problems I bought this adapter because I often fix people's computers at their house, and it's nice to be able to connect PATA and SATA hard drives to my laptop for debugging. I've used this adapter to mount a wide variety of PATA drives I had available to me, and it worked well on all of them. It also worked on the two SATA drives I tested.Overall, the product is well manufactured; the power supply is particularly high quality compared to those in similar products. These type of adapters are designed to be cheaper than their enclosed counterparts, but this is definitely one of the better non-enclosure adapters.The major limitation of this adapter is that it does not support SMART testing on PATA drives, at least when using the smartmonutils package. Since testing hard drives to see if they are working propertly is one of the main reasons I bought this adapter, this is a large disadvantage. The good news is that SMART does work for SATA drives (using the -d sat,12 flag on smartmonutils), and since SATA drives are becoming increasingly common, this limitation is not the end of the world. 4Works as Described and Performs to ExpectationsUpon receipt of the box and components contained within, which includes (i) Driver CD (Note* It is a Mini-CD, Not standard size); (ii) Country Adapter with Fuse for Power Adapter; (iii) Country Adapter; (iv) eSata Cable, (v) Power Supply for each of the 3 options provided - SATA and both IDE. Performs perfectly if used correctly. Make note that after the Driver is installed shutdown the computer completely; then plug in the hard-drive you wish to access to the StarTech device; after this power on the computer. When the computer completes starting up it will have installed the device driver ** Make sure the CD contained within the box is in the CD tray when your computer has been started to ensure the appropriate driver is installed. Following this you will have access to your drives with no problems. As it states in the manual contained within the box I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you be patient, shut-down the computer, and then after the computer has completely shut-off then disconnect the hard drive *Better safe than sorry". Bottom Line - If you are needing heavy use this is not the device for you, obviously at this price. However, if you are like me and need something like this a few times a year it is perfect.4Handy! As the family tech guy, I have a handful of old IDE and SATA HDDs from family computers and laptops that have died or been abandoned into my care over the years.I didn t want to go through the process of shutting down my main computer, installing a drive, starting it back up, examining the drive for important files to copy, wiping it, shut down again, remove drive... and repeat...Enter this bundle of cables! Plug them in and boom! IDE or SATA device is now mounted as a USB drive on my Windows 10 or MacBook for examination.A couple potential issues: I have noticed that 7200 rpm drives get hot without airflow so I set them on top of my towers top fan. Lots of copying probably does that to any drive without airflow but I ve only had 7200s to work on.Static discharge is probably still a problem but I don t know any non-professionals who wear a static wristbands, but it s probably a good idea whenever working with components made to be inside a case.Materials are standard plastic materials common to computer components. Everything plugs in and fits as it should. 5Sturdy adapter, works with MacBooks I bought this adapter for inspecting and formatting some SATA hard drives I have sitting around on my desk. Plugging this adapter in is so much more convenient than opening the case of my desktop computer and using one of the internal ports.Even better, this adapter works with my MacBook Pro so I can play with those drives from the comfort of my recliner. Verified to work fine with one of Apple's USB-C to regular USB adapters that you have to use with the 2016 or newer MacBook Pros. No additional drivers are needed to use this adapter with macOS; plug the drive in to the SATA port on the adapter, then plug the USB cable in to the computer. The drive will show up as a USB attached external drive. You can then do anything you like with the drive, just as if it were internal to your computer.I'm happy with the build quality of the adapter. It doesn't feel cheaply made, and comes with a power adapter for the additional power required for larger desktop drives. The connector has a nice snug feel when connected to a hard drive, not loose at all. 5Gets Warm but works well Well it works and yes it is Sata 3.1 but there are a few things that I did not like. First of all it tends to get very warm when it is being used. Second there is no LED to indicate that the drive is being accessed. There is a RED LED on the bottom that appears to indicate power. Lastly while the 20 inch cable may be adequate for use with a laptop it is a royal pain for a desktop with the USB3 connectors in the rear. If they had a 1 meter cable then this would be more suitable ... even better if it were a thin, flexible, braided cable.Update:Bus 004 Device 002: ID 174c:55aa ASMedia Technology Inc. ASM1051E SATA 6Gb/s bridge, ASM1053E SATA 6Gb/s bridge, ASM1153 SATA 3Gb/s bridgeI have noticed that the LED blinks when the drive is being accessed.The computer is an HP 8300 SFF (I7 CPU) and I using MB USB3 ports.The operating System is Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia 64-bit with Linux 4.15.0-33 x86_64 kernel.I used Silicon Power 64 Gbyte S60 SSD for testing.Internal Sata 3 (6 GB/s) : HP 8300 Motherboard (establish base line for drive)Read: 418.1 MB/sWrite: 276.9 MB/sAccess: 0.21 msecSustained Write for 20 GB file: 270 MB/sInternal USB 3.0 : HP 8300 Motherboard (MB USB3 Port)USB 3.1 to SATA3 Adapter: Startech USB312SAT3CBRead: 436.5 MB/sWrite: 286.5 MB/sAccess: 0.25 msecSustained Write for 20 GB file: 283 MB/sExternal USB3.1: Qnine X001Q6NWPD USB3.1 (10GB/s) in PCIe x 4 Slot (adapter card)USB 3.1 to SATA3 Adapter: Startech USB312SAT3CBRead: 443.2 MB/sWrite: 293.5 MB/sAccess: 0.25 msecSustained Write for 20 GB file: 190 MB/s 4A very handy tool More 4.5 stars than 5, mainly because there's some confusion between the instructions and the items that are in the box.I needed a good way to get some (OK, a LOT of) photos and videos off of the drive from two old computers. The computers have long been obsolete (one was a Pentium 3....) and it would have been painful to transfer them via "normal" means. This product enables you to just pull the drive and plug it in to your super fast modern computer via USB 3.0. And it works.There is a mini-CD with some drivers on it, but you don't need this...the adapter is plug and play, at least in the Windows environment. Main thing is to mind the steps you take to get this going. I plug in the power first but I don't turn it on (the power cable has a switch on it), then attach the IDE adapter. I then turn the power on, wait for the drive to spin up to speed, then plug it in the USB on the computer.This is not a problem with the adapter per se, but rather the dumb Windows security protocols...you may run into an issue where you cannot open a file from the disk because you are not the owner. To circumvent this you need to change the owner via the security properties (right click the folder, select properties, then the security tab - it's fairly intuitive from there). Even at that, you may still run into trouble getting access to some files. If I copied them to the host computer's hard drive I didn't have any trouble opening them. It's USB 3.0 so even large file transfers are pretty quick.So I'd say this is something you should really have in your toolbox if you have older computers hanging around - technology is such that we are keeping more and more things in electronic format. It's good to have a tool that can easily access that data if the supporting computer goes toes up for whatever reason. I like this product better than a dock, since this can be coiled up and stored easier than a dock. A good product 5Exactly what I neededMy mom's laptop crashed and burned so she had to get a new one. She had several pictures and files on her old computer that she wanted to save, but the laptop wouldn't even boot up. I took her laptop to several local computer store chains and was told it would be about 100.00 to get the files off of her old laptop. She wasn't really sure exactly what files were on there or what she needed to keep so we didn't know if it was worth that to find out if there were things she needed or not. I noticed the stores were using this product to connect the hard drive, so I went home and found it to buy. Her laptop was old, so most of the other adapters didn't have the correct pin configuration to fit her hard drive. This one worked great. I was able to connect the hard drive from her laptop. This adapter provided the power needed to the hard drive, and I was able to go through her files to find any documents she might need or want to keep. Plus, it was really affordable!5Works As AdvertisedWorks as advertised. All necessary adapters to connect to common types of drives/devices. Versatile. Materials and build quality are what you'd expect in this price range. Instructions seemed a little vague/generalized to me, but I have no previous experience with this type device. Instructions imply that the process is more "automatic" than it is. I needed to extract files from a laptop hard drive that failed. Was able to figure it out and retrieve my files. Could also be used to transfer files from drive to drive (back up). I watched several You Tube videos on how to use this device and other similar devices before I attempted it. If you have experience locating, transferring, backing up files, you will probably be ale to use this adapter with little issues. If you're like me, a novice, you should still be able to get satisfactory results, as long as you do a little research first.4Sata connector brittle - returned I've been using a ThermalTake USB 2.0-to-SATA setup for a while, and it still works just fine. I just wiped two old drives before taking them apart and it took a very long time! I was hoping that cable would be simpler and faster.The first thing I noticed when I pulled the cable out of the package, was that the SATA-side connector appeared light black, whereas everything else was your typical black plastic. This leads me to believe that it was either over-stressed when molded to this shape or the plastic has simply weekend via oxidation.I gently pressed around the very edge of the SATA-side connector and it began to show stress cracks. I pressed just a little harder and the plastic began to crack. This would NOT have affected the ability to connect a drive to it; however, this degraded new product was disconcerting and didn't give me a good feeling regarding durability. 1Works as intended, and then some. So, first off, I had a Powered Sata to USB adapter (i think it was usb 2.0?) and sadly, the signal cut out over and over (different brand and older). So, I honestly bought this one. The price made me a bit hesitant. But I am glad I did.First off, its solid. It doesn't feel like junk in your hand. It doesn't rattle. And best of all, it just works.I recently bought a 6 TB harddrive as my main storage drive, so I had to transfer over my 2 TB drive, and my 100 GB drive onto the 6TB. Down the road I will grab another 6 TB and use windows to link them together as one larger 12 TB drive.My first surprise was the ability to work with my 100 GB drive, which was originally formatted using IDE protocols through SATA, which most motherboards now don't even support..... So the only real way to get my newer PC to recognize the drive, would be to format it, but then I lose my important work data. So using this USB 3.1 adapter, it actually found my drive at let me get my files off it. Which is fantastic. My older adapter form another brand refused to see this drive....Then of course, the 2TB drive went off without a hitch. My older adapter would cut in and out causing data transfer issues, and then it wouldn't allow you to retry, you had to start all over again. This one, not a single issue.My transfer speeds were around 10 Mbps to 130 Mbps which is pretty damn good considering its just an adapter, with speeds staying more in the 80-110 Mbps range. My older adapter, barely hit 30 Mbps, and sat more around 5-15 Mbps.Very pleased with the build quality, as well as the data transfer speeds. 5Very Easy to Use and Works Perfectly - Star Tech 2.5/3.5" SATA/IDE adapterI ordered the Star Tech 2.5/3.5" SATA/IDE adapter to get data off a desktop 3.5" hard drive and it worked perfectly. The adapter I purchased came with a power supply to power the desktop hard drive. I connected all of the necessary cables in a minute or two and the desk top hard drive appeared on my laptop. I was able to transfer the data I needed to my laptop very quickly. The adapter came with a small CD that contains the driver but it wasn't needed in my case. It also comes with instructions but it is fairly self explanatory as to where the cables connect.If you are cloning a 2.5" SATA hard drive then you only need the cable and not the power supply to save some money. Spend $10 more and you get a very versatile adapter.5Plug in power before plugging in USBI bought this to get data off a dead external hard drive, whose problem was the power components built into the external case (rather than with the hard drive itself.) I needed something with the old-style power adapter, since the hard drive is old and the computer has a newer style of power connectors. This has options for both old and new power connections, as well as older and newer SATA connections (where the data cable plugs into the hard drive.) It worked very well for my purposes.Note that I had an initial problem (failure to follow directions!) which you can avoid like so: After plugging the power and data cables into the hard drive, you need to plug in its power BEFORE connecting to the computer's USB port. The LED light will go on, showing that the drive has got power. Then and only then, plug the USB cable into the computer. The drive should show up as a new drive in a few seconds.Another word of advice, in general rather than because of any problems with this drive: I suggest you copy files to or from an external drive, rather than cutting and pasting them, especially if you're moving many at once. This ensures that if there's an interruption in the data transfer for any reason (like accidentally pulling the cord, or your computer going to sleep) you will avoid any possible data corruption.5This is THE one to buy!!!After spending much time researching these adapters, and reading many many reviews, I decided to buy this one. And I definitely chose the right one. This adapter worked great for hooking my old laptop drive (2.5 in. IDE) to my new laptop to transfer files. It came with all sorts of cables for various type of drives, and also an AC power adapter. However, I didn't need any of those to accomplish what I wanted. I didn't even need to use the power adapter. I simply hooked the 2.5 inch laptop drive in, plugged the USB end into my new laptop, and Windows 10 saw the drive!! This adapter came with a tiny Driver CD, but I didn't even need to use that. Windows 10 just saw the drive. I love this adapter, it's awesome!!!5
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