Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:less than 1 day
Covers all std drives today.
Plug and play on my W7 system.
Instructions for loading drivers, which are only necessary on pre XP systems.
No connection instructions.
I am skeptical about the PS unit. It is speced at 42.5 Watts. Time will tell.
I have no idea what the BACKUP button will do, but I am not interested in that function anyway. No instructions.
The device itself is powered from the USB port. The power connector, which is not shown attached to the SATA/IDE power adapter cable in the picture, will supply power to a 2.5" drive. There is no need for the PS unit if the drive will run on the USB power. Some will not.
The adapter plugged into the PS is necessary for a 3.5" SATA drive. In that case, there could be an issue with two supplies connected if you plug the DC lead into the yellow input. I haven't verified this, but you don't need to plug it in when using the PS.
A 3.5" IDE is powered directly from the lead to the PS, no adapter. So, Yes, it does power IDE drives.
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