|NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter
While working in an IT Department I occasionally run into a problem with a computer or hard drive where the system will not boot. Sometimes the user of the problematic computer has stored data on their local drive, even though they should store all data on the network shares, and I am then called upon to save their data.
At times when data needs to be recovered from a non-working system, I generally have to remove the hard drive, connect it to a working system via the appropriate internal cable, and move the data to the network drive for the user. This process requires a computer dedicated for recovering data with the proper IDE and SATA connectivity in order for it to be a universal system.
Newer Technology Inc., NewerTech, has developed a product to universally connect a hard drive directly to an open USB port. The idea seems like it will be very effective and save time while recovering data, or make it very simple to add temporary storage to a computer.
Before looking at the NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter, here are the published features and specifications from the NewerTech website.
» Universal to USB2 Adapter
» Compatible with any 2.5", 3.5", 5.25" IDE or SATA device!
» Supports IDE & enhanced IDE 3.5" internal IDE hard disk
» Supports ATA/ATAPI-6 specification 1.0
» Supports SATA I and SATA II
» USB 2.0 up to 480Mbps transfer speed
» Backwards compatible with USB 1.1
» Instruction Manual
» 1 year warranty
» USB 2.0 to ATA connection (2 sided, for 2.5" and 3.5" drives), and a SATA connection
» Connect any device with an ATA or SATA interface to a Mac® or PC with USB interface
» Transfer rate approx. 480 Mbps (USB 2.0)
» Complies with USB 2.0 standards
» Backwards compatible to USB 1.1 standards
» Complies with ATA/ATAPI-66 Spe. V1.0
» Compatible with SATA-I and SATA-II
» Simple to install
» Supports IDE and enhanced IDE hard drives
» Supports ATA/ATAPI CD-ROM/R/RW DVD-ROM and more
» External AC adapter provides drive power
The retail box for the NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter is eye catching. Although you do not see an image of the product on the front of the box, there is a lot of text describing the types of drives that can be used. The back of the package displays some pictures of the adapter in use with the different size and form factor hard drives supported.