How did we ever get along without it? – Joe
SUMMARY: How did we ever get along without it?
- 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.
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.
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.