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.


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:


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


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


IBM Travelstar IDE 2.5″ 20 GB 4300 rpm


Seagate Barracuda 3.5″ 160 GB SATA 7200 rpm


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.


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.

Email Joe


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