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USB 2.0 to SATA or IDE 2.5-in, 3.5-in Converter Adapter

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Buy the ultimate USB to SATA, IDE 2.5-in, IDE 3.5-in adapter. You don't need multiple adapters, when this is all that you need. This hi-speed USB 2.0 to Serial ATA (SATA) Drive and IDE Adapter prepares any Serial ATA (SATA) device (e.g. Hard Disk) or IDE device to be plugged into a USB 2.0 port on any Windows or Macintosh workstation. This is perfect for techies recovering data, moving large files to a different computer, or a quick way to add another hard drive to a system. The adapter supports all existing Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives or IDE drives. Save valuable time using this adapter instead of fiddling with messy enclosures. Order your USB to SATA/IDE adapter today!


  • Access any 2.5-in, 3.5-in, or 5.25 Serial ATA or 2.5-in or 3.5-in IDE drive through the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port - Unlike IDE, a Serial ATA connector is the same design regardless of drive size
  • Compatible with any IDE or SATA drive of any brand or size
  • 2A AC power supply ensures power for the most power-hungry devices
  • Plug N Play - easy hot swapping
  • Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, or XP. Driver is only necessary for Windows 98SE.
  • Mac OS Classic 8.6+, 9.x - StuffIt Driver File on CD - (requires StuffIt Expander to open)
  • Mac OS 10.x (Jaguar, Panther, Tiger compatibility OK) - No drivers necessary.
  • USB 2.0 to Serial ATA (SATA) or IDE Adapter Cable
  • Connect any device with SATA to IDE interface to a PC with USB
  • Real-world maximum sustained transfer rate is about 45 MB/s
  • Backwards compatible with USB 1.1 standard, but not recommended due to slow transfer rate. Use USB 1.1 if it is your only option.
Package Contents:
  • SATA or IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter Converter Cable
  • 2A Power Supply (100V to 240V Auto-Switching) and companion AC Cord
  • We individually test each power supply to ensure the power supply is working before we make this product available for sale.
  • Driver CD included for use with Windows 98SE only or Mac OS 8.6 to 9.x.
  • 1 x Serial ATA data cable (1 feet long)
  • 1 x 4-pin white molex to black Serial ATA (SATA) power cable (6 inches long)
  • User's Guide - Download PDF here
TroubleShooting Tips:
  • The power adapter does not light up with a green light. Make sure your AC cord is plugged in a working wall jack and power supply brick. If the green light still does not light, the power supply brick or AC cord is bad. Your wall jack may also be defective. Continue testing as best you can to isolate where the point of failure is (1. Wall jack, 2. AC Cord, or 3. Power supply brick).
  • The power supply brick has a green light, but my 3.5-in hard drive is not powering up. Lay the hard drive on a flat surface. Press ON/OFF switch on the power supply brick once. Touch the hard drive on its side, if you feel the vibration of the hard drive spinning up, that means the switch is now turned ON.
  • My SATA/IDE connector does not light up red. Make sure you connect the adapter to a USB 1.1/2.0 port while the computer is on. Unplug and re-plug the USB cable if the red light does not appear. You can also try a different USB port, if the first port does not work.
  • My hard drive is not being recognized or not showing up in Explorer (Windows) or Desktop (Mac OS). Please allow a few seconds, even up to 30 seconds for the computer to mount the USB drive. After 30 seconds, go to My Computer (on Windows) or Finder (on Mac) to see if your drive mounted.
  • I waited 30 seconds, but I still do not see the USB drive . If the drive is new (e.g. unformatted and unpartitioned), you will need to first use a Disk Manager (Windows - Start, Settings, Control Panel, Admin Tools, Disk Manager) or Disk Utility (Mac OS - Mac HD, Applications, Utilities, Disk Utility) to prepare the drive before it will appear on your computer.
  • Where do I put the power plug for my 2.5-in IDE hard disk drive? A 2.5-in IDE drive will draw the required power from the USB port. You only need to connect the USB to SATA/IDE adapter to the 2.5-in IDE HDD.
Screenshots from Mac OS 10.2.8 (Jaguar):

I mounted a 4GB hard drive using the USB to SATA/IDE adapter using the 3.5-in IDE portion.

Another picture this time a 250GB hard drive.

The same hard drive with a full 250GB partition. The iMac itself can not handle the 250GB drive, but using the adapter it recognized it perfectly.

Copy of some iTunes folder in progress. 1.25GB takes about 27 minutes using USB 1.1. Again, use USB 2.0 if you want better performance, and use USB 1.1 if it is the only USB port you have available.

Review by sunkim50 - 2006 Mar 26


  • (1) SATA/ IDE to USB Adapter
  • (1) 4-pin molex to SATA Power Adapter
  • (1) Power Cable
  • (1) Serial ATA Cable
  • (1) Driver CD
  • (1) Instruction Manual

First Impressions:

I have been using this adapter for a couple of days now testing out multiple hard drives to see if they are good or defective. This adapter really saves you the hassle of connecting up the IDE cable that is in your system onto the hard drive. If you need to quickly hook up a hard drive to copy files for a friend or offload files from another hard drive, then this adapter is really cool. The adapter itself can hook up an 80 pin IDE hard drive, a SATA hard drive, and also I think maybe a 2.5 notebook hard drive. I am not 100% sure but the connector is a little smaller than the 80-pin IDE connector. The one other thing I like aboutt this adapter is the fact that it has a POWER ON/OFF button on the power cable which lets you power off the hard drive. Some other adapter don't have a power switch and just power up when you plug in the power adapter into the wall.

There were a couple of things I didn't like about the adapter. First thing is that if you have multiple hard drives and keep swapping out hard drives while Windows is running it may not detect the hard drive and a windows restart might need to take place. Another thing is that the hard drive itself is exposed and really has no protection from anything, so make sure it is in a safe and static free place while testing.


  • - Saves some time if you have multiple hard drives that you need to test
  • - Power ON/OFF switch on the power adapter
  • - Multiple interfaces including IDE and SATA


  • - When using the cable the hard drive is exposed

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