The USB 2.0 to IDE or Serial ATA Controller from Cables To Go turns any IDE or SATA drive into a convenient external drive. Simply connect one IDE/ATAPI or SATA-based mass storage device through a USB port to easily transfer files from a computer or notebook, back up files or store large file archives on an external hard drive. The hi-speed USB interface enables easy installation with its plug-and-play design. The adapter supports all existing IDE/ATAPI devices such as Iomega Zip, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM and IDE hard drives, and works with any SATA hard drive from 80GB to 500GB.
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I've been using this cable kit at my job doing computer recovery, data transfer and re-installation of OS. It is VERY convenient for recovering data for clients since I do not need to rely on their computer working to get the data back for them. I can simply haul the drive out and place it on my desk and away we go.
An excellent adapter for temporarily connecting either IDE or SATA harddrives to your computer. I like the on/off switch on the cable to control power to the drive. And the IDE connector being keyed is a real plus. No reason to pay more for other brands.
The adapter is very compact in size and well constructed. The IDE connections are keyed and have blocked pins (some similar units are not keyed which could cook a 2.5" drive for example). As with most electronics lately, it has a blue activity LED nicely integrated into the side of the adapter.
This is my first time owning anything like this, and it was one of the things I was lacking in my Technician tool kit. I am so glad I got this, because I needed it for a customers computer. If I didn't have it, I don't know what I would do without it. This is a great buy, would buy again!
Good product for quick data transfer/back up needs. Not for permanant external usage. Convenient because of input types (IDE, SATA to USB). Did not require drivers when plugging in Vista 64bit or XP 32 bit computer. I did run into a problem when powering different HDs (noted in Weaknesses). I thought my Barracuda was dead because I could hear the HD arm ticking inplace but i guess it did not get enough power (barracuda tested working when i put in vantec external enclosure).
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