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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 5
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    The best such adapter so far

    posted by monnier on 05/28/2012 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:
    Works well, fast enough. Both hdparm and smartctl are able to talk to the drive through this adapter, so you can control spin-down time and drive temperature.
    Cons:
    The adapter does not provide power to the SATA drive (don't know about the PATA port), so you'll need the power brick even for ...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 4
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    Good speed, nice features

    posted by monnier on 05/14/2012

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:
    Using this adapter in a USB2 port, I only get 20MB/s but with USB3 I got 60MB/s, which isn't too bad compared to the 70MB/s I get when the drive is connected directly via SATA. The better part is that, contrary to the previous adapters I used, this one happ...
    Cons:
    When connecting a low-power drive over SATA (e.g. a laptop drive), you still need the power-brick because the adapter itself do...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Good speed, nice features

    posted by monnier on 05/07/2012

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:
    Accessing disks over USB2 was convenient but pretty slow. E.g. using this adapter in a USB2 port, I just get 20MB/s. But with USB3 I got 60MB/s, which isn't too bad compared to the 70MB/s I get when the drive is connected directly via SATA. The better pa...
    Cons:
    The main drawback I see is that when connecting a low-power drive over SATA (e.g. a laptop drive), you still need the power-bri...
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