- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 16.5 x 12.7 cm ; 91 g
- Shipping Weight: 91 g
- Item model number: CB-ESATAU3-6
- ASIN: B00GRNUKT0
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: July 30 2012
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,985 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Vantec NexStar eSATA 6Gb/s to USB 3.0 Adapter (CB-ESATAU3-6)
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- Supports eSATA 6Gb/s (SATA III) Devices
- eSATA Backward Compatible with SATA I/II/III devices
- Hi-Quality Shielded USB 3.0 Cable Ensures Data Integrity and Speed
- USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Backwards Compatible with USB 2.0 or 1.1
- Maximum Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps w/USB 3.0
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The NexStar eSATA 6Gb/s to USB 3.0 Adapter offer the fastest link between your USB 3.0 port and your eSATA device. It gives you the flexibility of connecting any eSATA device to your computer via SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection and at the same time maintains compatibility. Whether your hard drive, optical drive, etc.; this adapter can read it all. Integrated with the latest USB 3.0 technology, it will help you get more done. The compact and light weight design adapter cable makes it an ideal high performance, simple, and durable external storage solution.
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- the actual adapter itself, which provides an USB connection to 3 different types of hard drive connectors -- 5.25" / 3.5" IDE, 2.5" IDE, and SATA.
- an IDE (4-pin MOLEX) power adapter.
- one SATA-to-SATA data cable.
- one IDE (4-pin MOLEX) power to SATA power adapter.
- a mini-CD containing a manual and drivers. It is not necessary to install drivers in Windows ME / 2000/ XP and above systems.
Both the SATA/IDE-to-USB and power adapter cables are reasonably lengthy; 3' for the former, maybe 5.5' for the latter.
Vantec's SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter provides an easy way to access a hard drive without needing to install it into a computer. It also works great for extracting data from old computers without having to figure out how to turn them on -- all you have to do is take out the hard drive.
A device like this is a must-have for techies and pros who work with multiple hard disk drives and frequently need to quickly connect an external drive to a PC, regardless whether it's 2.5 or 3.5", SATA or IDE.
When I was buying the first one, I chose the box which weighted less, and apparently that was not a relevant reason, but coincidentaly I made a good choice.
Disadvantages of this device compared to Bytecc's one:
- More parts to carry with, more complex connection
- Needs a manual, which is, although mostly decent technical writing, printed in four pages per one printout without any collating or order
- The power connector (provides the same connection as the standard IDE drive type of power connector usually found inside of PCs) is connected to the power supply with a very do-it-yourself style cable which works but it's rugged with cables sticking out of it and it doesn't have the finish or an appeal of a good quality product.
- It needs several different power cables/adapters and it's easy to lose some
- Unlike the power connectors, the data part/connector looks a bit more sturdy/compact compared to Bytecc
- The SATA drive data connection is done via a regular SATA data cable, so it would work with any SATA drives with non-standard distance between the power and data connector (I haven't seen any like that yet and I've worked with both 2.5" and 3.5" SATA drives).
The USB and AC power supply cables on both devices are too short and could be at least 3' longer.
You may want to read my review of bytecc adapter like this which gives more details how this concept works.
Bottomline: Good product, mostly for techies, my experience with Bytecc one is better
BEST 2O BUCKS I EVER SPENT!!! All my data is now safely residing on another computer (along with an external back-up) thanks to this device. It's not the prettiest looking thing (definitely a case of "function over form" which is much better than the other way around) and the instructions are a little sparse, but it was easy enough to figure out anyway. In case anyone is wondering, the hard drive I used this on is a Maxtor IDE 3.5" IDE drive. I also should note that this drive was from a Windows XP PC and all the data was transferred to a laptop running Vista and it worked like a charm (no software needed, the laptop immediately recognized it as an external USB drive). I was unsure about where the jumper on the back of the old drive should be set to, so I called Vantec for support (got the number off their web site) and the person I spoke with was extremely knowledgeable and helpful (the jumper should be set to MASTER by the way). I would highly recommend this product based on my experience with it. Hopefully this review can be just as helpful to others who find themselves in this predicament as the other customer reviews here helped me.
The power switch in the cord is not making good contact. If I push it hard to the ON position, it reads 5 V on the red line. When I let go, it sometimes stays at 5 V but sometimes settles at 1.5 or 2.5 or something else. So the power switch is making a shoddy connection and that's why some people say it only works sometimes.
Also only one of the ground wires is connected. The other appears to be floating. Not sure if this actually matters or not, since they'll usually be connected together inside the drive(?), but it doesn't exactly inspire confidence.
Even when it's connected well, it's 5.29 VDC, which is slightly above the ATX power supply limit of 5.25 VDC. This probably doesn't really matter, since it will droop under load, but still. The yellow pin is 12.28 VDC, which is within the limits.