NewerTechnology USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter

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How did we ever get along without it? – Joe

SUMMARY: How did we ever get along without it?

The good guys at NewerTechnology were nice enough to send a sample of their USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter to try out.

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Key Features:

  • USB UDA adapter
  • ATA extension cable
  • SATA 2.5″ Power Adapter Cable
  • USB 2.0 Connecting Cable
  • SATA-SATA Connecting Cable
  • 2.0 Amp AC Power Adapter, Power Cable

Parts that ship with the adapter include everything needed to accommodate hard drives supported:

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The adapter hub has two ports – one for the USB cable and one for an external power input, if needed:

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In use I did not find it necessary – the USB port on the PC powered the adapter. The power supply is needed for 3.5″ IDE and SATA drives – 2.5″ drives are powered from the USB port.

Performance Tests

I hooked up three different drives to test out the adapter – a 2.5″ IDE, a 3.5″ IDE and a 3.5″ SATA drive. All the drives were recognized by Windows XP fairly quickly – about 15 seconds at most. If a drive is not recognized, pull the USB plug and re-insert – be a little patient but after a couple of minutes, if the drive is not recognized, re-inserting the USB plug should work.

IBM Deskstar IDE 3.5″ 82.3 GB 7200 rpm

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IBM Travelstar IDE 2.5″ 20 GB 4300 rpm

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Seagate Barracuda 3.5″ 160 GB SATA 7200 rpm

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No real surprises here – NewerTechnology’s adapter performs in line with other external enclosures I’ve tested – external adapters are not data transfer power houses.

CONCLUSIONS

Universal Drive Adapters are about the most handy little gizmos I’ve seen – they address a real need for those of us blessed with a drawer full of older hard drives. If you routinely use multiple hard drives for various back-ups or need a second (or third) optical drive once in a while, this adapter will save a lot of time.

In short – IMHO a must-have.

Thanks again to NewerTechnology for sending this our way to try out. Street price about $25.

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