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USB 3.0-to-SATA Adapter Gives HDDs SuperSpeed

Now here's a nifty little device for those old hard drives stacking up and collecting dust like old nudie magazines. USB peripheral manufacturer Brando has devised of a way to connect those SATA HDDs by way of USB 3.0. via its new Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA adapter (Y-1034). The device can even be used with older IDE-based drives using an extra IDE to SATA docking converter.

What's even better is that not only can the old drives toss around data a "theoretical" speeds of 5.0 GB/s, but they're instantly turned into external HDDs. "Now you do not have to worry about the data in your old hard disk because the he UNITEK USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter (Y-1034) helps to transfer data from IDE/SATA HDD to other devices," the company said.

Of course, the drawback here is that--in addition to paying a meager $48 plus shipping costs--you'll need a USB 3.0 compliant motherboard or PCI-e card installed to use the SuperSpeed connection. The specs reveal that it's still compliant with USB 2.0, so it seems possible to use the new adapter in current, USB 2.0 machines.

According to the company, the adapter supports Windows XP, Vista, the new Windows 7, and Linux. The device also handles HDD capacities up to 2 TB.

  • AtuBrian
    "those old hard drives stacking up" you would think of ide drives not sata. -1
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  • Now this looks like it'll be a great device to add to my arsenal for when I work on other systems and I have to pull the drive to check it for any serious problems before working directly on the system in question.

    It always helps to be prepared when doing tech support. :)
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  • azgard
    I knew you guy's were slow on the uptake, but damn welcome to 3 weeks ago on your own website.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-performance,2490.html
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  • nick_nz
    @azgard - Now, I've taken my share of shots at toms in its current guise however in this case I think you are being unfair. This article is about a USB3 to SATA adapter. The article you linked is about USB3 itself. Related:yes, same:no.

    To me, this appears to be a good, well timed primer for the USB3 reviews that are no doubt coming in the near future.

    Kevin - good on ya for a short, accurate article...
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  • rand_79
    Renegade_WarriorNow this looks like it'll be a great device to add to my arsenal for when I work on other systems and I have to pull the drive to check it for any serious problems before working directly on the system in question.It always helps to be prepared when doing tech support.

    translation: faster to copy porn off the customers computer before returning it.

    just kidding
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  • lashabane
    Brando, it's got what geeks crave.
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  • MitchMeister-
    atubrian"those old hard drives stacking up" you would think of ide drives not sata. -1
    "The device can even be used with older IDE-based drives using an extra IDE to SATA docking converter."

    Did you read the article?
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  • AtuBrian
    MitchMeister- IDE to SATA docking converter."Did you read the article?yes its pointless device
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  • uh_no
    MitchMeister-"The device can even be used with older IDE-based drives using an extra IDE to SATA docking converter."Did you read the article?
    pretty sure the device doesn't come with the ide-sata converter.....
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  • liquidsnake718
    atubrianyes its pointless deviceYour message is pointless. This is a gread device if you want to actually upgrade older parts or if you have a new motherboard and you can still use your old HDDs to make them a bit faster. Its nifty until usb3.0 becomes mainstream and then this will be forgotten...
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