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USB 3.0-to-SATA Adapter Gives HDDs SuperSpeed

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 3 comments

Now here's a nifty little device for those old hard drives stacking up and collecting dust like old nudie magazines. USB peripheral manufacturer Brando has devised of a way to connect those SATA HDDs by way of USB 3.0. via its new Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA adapter (Y-1034). The device can even be used with older IDE-based drives using an extra IDE to SATA docking converter.

What's even better is that not only can the old drives toss around data a "theoretical" speeds of 5.0 GB/s, but they're instantly turned into external HDDs. "Now you do not have to worry about the data in your old hard disk because the he UNITEK USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter (Y-1034) helps to transfer data from IDE/SATA HDD to other devices," the company said.

Of course, the drawback here is that--in addition to paying a meager $48 plus shipping costs--you'll need a USB 3.0 compliant motherboard or PCI-e card installed to use the SuperSpeed connection. The specs reveal that it's still compliant with USB 2.0, so it seems possible to use the new adapter in current, USB 2.0 machines.

According to the company, the adapter supports Windows XP, Vista, the new Windows 7, and Linux. The device also handles HDD capacities up to 2 TB.

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    staalkoppie , 29 December 2009 14:01
    pretty nifty invention.
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    mi1ez , 29 December 2009 17:50
    Good work. So simple too.
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    darzil , 29 December 2009 23:48
    Yeah, been using the USB 2.0 varient of these kind of things for years, very handy both for cheapo backups to old drives I have hanging around, and wonderful for backing up or virus cleaning drives from other machines without booting them. If going for this, make sure any device you get can handle 3.5" and 2.5" IDE as well as SATA.