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  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Price: 4
  • Quality: 3
  • Ease Of Use: 3
  • Usefulness: 5
GREAT! if you can figure it out. – SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter Converter with AC Power Adapter for 2.5/3.5/5.25" Hard Drive Reviews

posted by ruggb on 12/04/2010 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:less than 1 day

Pros:
Covers all std drives today. Plug and play on my W7 system. Instructions for loading drivers, which are only necessary on pre XP systems.
Cons:
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.
Other:
connection 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.
Bottomline:
It does the job I bought it for.

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