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This is also a great solution for techs who need to pull the data off a system. You can transfer data among drives of different formats with ease. And when you're done it will fit in your pocket.

  • newegg Universal Hard Drive Compatibility The Apricorn ADW-USB-KIT features universal compatibility with any 2.5" and 3.5" PATA/SATA hard drives.
  • newegg USB 2.0 Interface The Apricorn ADW-USB-KIT features a USB 2.0 interface for fast data transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps and plug-and-play connectivity.
  • newegg Apricorn Upgrade Suite Bundled The bundled Apricorn Upgrade Suite for both Windows and Mac OS systems, makes it easy to transfer your OS, data, applications, documents, address books, e-mail, settings and preferences from your old drive to a new one, great for system transfer and data backup.

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Changer Type
Data Transfer Rate: USB 2.0 - Up to 480 Mbps
Power Supply: DC Output: +5V/1.6A, +12V/1.8A
Interface: SATA or 2.5 IDE/PATA (40Pin) or 3.5 IDE/PATA(44Pin) to USB 2.0
Dimensions: 0.75" x 3.3" x 4.7"
Weight: 5.5 oz.
Approvals FCC and CE
Hardware Requirements:
Pentium II CPU, Apple G3 or later, 32MBs RAM, USB, FireWire, CD-ROM or CD-R/RW drive
OS Requirements:
Windows 2000 and XP, and OS X 10.X


Hybrid adapter that connects to any 2.5", 3.5" IDE/PATA or SATA Hard Drive
Apricorn's Upgrade Suite featuring the award winning EZ Gig II Cloning and Upgrade Software and Shirt Pocket's SuperDuper! Cloning software for Mac.
High Quality UL Listed Power Adapter to safely provide power to the hard drive
Toll free technical support
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information

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  • Chris H.
  • 7/21/2015 12:42:54 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: easy hook up , detect and installation of HDD's

Cons: one of the 3 units I have owned needs HDD's propped up with with a shim or it disconnects and the power cable is loose on that one as well...not a big issue and not worth losing a star

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  • Gary B.
  • 12/10/2014 8:13:37 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice Adapter

Pros: Small
Easy to use

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have used this brand in the past, and I made the mistake of going to another brand. After many frustrating times trying to use the other one, I went back to this. It's portable, easy to use, and good quality.

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  • Bob B.
  • 10/18/2014 3:45:21 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great. but slow menus....

Pros: Does a great job
Software updates available from time to time.

Cons: Software updates:
Some are more user friendly than others.
For example: V4.3.5 is more friendly than V4.3.8 which I had difficulty with.

Other Thoughts: I wish the software would be offered with a SINGLE push button "CLONE"
Presently, you must walk through many menus to clone.
There is a considerable delay between each menu.
I wish, once you setup the software you got a ONE BUTTON option tick box. That would stream line the job nicely.

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  • Steven C.
  • 10/7/2014 8:08:27 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great!

Pros: Have used this now for atleast 12 different HDD's (SATA and IDE) and it works great. All drives recognized no problem even without the software and are able to be browsed. The actual software that is offered with the Apricorn is simple, easy to use, and user friendly. I even used it to break up a 1TB HDD into 4 seperate 256 GB SSD with ease made possible by Apricorn allowing you to pick and choose what you would like to be cloned and/or transferred.

Cons: Not really a con, but not super secure fittings (see other thoughts).

Other Thoughts: The actual connections should have a latch or clasp to more securely position the drives. Every time I plug the apricorn into a drive I feel as though i have to position it just right (generally with the apricorn hanging off the tower) so that there's no strain being put on the pins of the HDD. This is not a huge concern, because as long as you're not a complete idiot you probably wouldn't do damage to your Apricorn or HDD, but just a thought.

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  • Alan P.
  • 7/31/2014 11:09:51 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product did the job!

Pros: Well made & Easy to use!

Cons: Didn't find one con with this product!

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  • Rod M.
  • 7/21/2014 12:41:50 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPurchased 6/13/12

Pros: This is my third review of this item since I bought it a little over two years ago. At first, I gave it a glowing review. It worked like a charm, as advertised. After about a year, probably a dozen drives duplicated later, I posted back about the 4 pin molex power connector being finicky, just took some placement in the right spot, once connected and recognized by USB on PC, all was dandy. Moving along...

Cons: This 4 pin molex connector, by the time I'd duplicated maybe 2 dozen drive tops, was nearly impossible to make connection. This morning, While trying to clone another drive, everything attached, nothing was happening, then suddenly, the ding d(o)ng from Windows, USB adapters installed... Awesome, I'm in business again. Launched the software and start the drive clone. Didn't touch a thing. It starts out with about 32 minutes remaining, then suddenly jumps to 7 minutes remaining and I'm getting write errors. Uh oh, USB connection is lost. Let's try this again. OUCH!, that SSD drive is freaking HOT!!! so is the Apricorn adapter!

Other Thoughts: Well, after two year, this unit is in the trash. I can't really complain after two years. When it worked, it was a real time saver not having to reinstall windows and download ALL those updates again. Every time the software said it was a successful clone, I'd simply swap the drives, fire up the computer, one restart for new SSD driver and I was in business.

I don't mind so much when an electronic unit fails after a couple of years (yes, it's sad that in this day and age, that's what people come to expect out of electronics anymore...), but what sorta kinda bums me out is that the OCX drive that was connected to it is totally dead, this drive is less than a year old, had very little use and had already been used twice with this Apricorn adapter for having a OS cloned on to it with perfect success. Fortunately, it was one of my cheap drives, one I never really cared for. So I decided to pitch this Apricorn adapter before I get tempted to hook one of my beloved Samsung SSD drives to it, if it were to fry one of those, I'd be a little more miffed.

This was a great piece of hardware, but extremely cheaply built. You;ll see my last review of this product isn't that far down, and the one right above mine mentioned frying a drive. I can confirm that it indeed can fry a drive, so buyer beware.

Guess I'll give the USB 3.0 cable a try next, it's a shame, I liked this one because of its flexibility for use with several types of IDE/SATA drives.

If they were to actually make this thing a lot more robust, I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase, even at USB 2 speed, it's that convenient, but now the risk has exceeded the reward.

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1 out of 5 eggsPoor Fit, Can rarely fry drives

Pros: When it works, this is fine. Slow, but you can access either 3.5" IDE, 2.5" IDE, or SATA.

Cons: I've had this thing actually ruin a number of older IDE drives. They would be working fine, then I would connect to this, and after 20 minutes or so, the drive would no longer function.

Out of roughly 120 uses, this has occurred maybe 10 times.

Also, because the connectors do not fit well, it's possible that if you're in a rush or not paying attention, you can bend pins or short something.

Overall, this is a poorly designed item. If it was the only option on the market, it might get you by; however, I'd suggest finding an alternative, which I'm doing on NewEgg now.

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  • Rod M.
  • 7/8/2013 12:20:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGot my monies worth from it

Pros: Have had this for almost a year now, have previously reviewed it as well. I have duplicated drives from ATA to SATA, HDD to SSD, Small to larger, and large to smaller. All without issues, each computer that had the boot drive duplicated booted up and at worst case scenario, loaded windows, a new driver, a reboot and it was done.

Cons: I previously had no cons but will say the 4 pin molex for powering 3.5" drives, is not the tightest fit. You do not want to start a clone and move or bump the unit.

I have seen the "larger block" error message, mostly when used with the ez gig iv that I downloaded, and I've ran ez gig iv from the included CD, which cured it for me. However, if you look this issue up, you will see they claim the device doesn't recognize the hard drive you are trying to copy too. They recommend putting the blank drive in your PC, connecting the drive you want to clone, to this apricorn adpater, and reverse clone the drive I have yet to see a need for this, but they do provide the steps necessary if you are receiving this error message.

Other Thoughts: Whilst searching the Apricorn site for issues with the large block error message, I noticed they say a person might need their newer USB 3.0 adapter. That's fine and all, but that adapter will do a person no good should you need to connect a 3.5" drive to is as there is no provision for supplying power to the drive, which a USB port will not provide

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  • Charles P.
  • 5/17/2013 7:34:10 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice unit. Easy set-up and worked great.

Cons: No problems

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  • Wei L.
  • 5/5/2013 12:53:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Power Connector Port

Pros: Great for cloning, extracting data and etc.
Simple and very easy to use.
Connects to all kinds of HDDs.
Even includes a bootable CD to clone drives. Extra awesome.
Overall great product.

Cons: This might just pertain to just me but it seems after about a couple months of using this product, the male side of the AC adapter connector on the DriveWire itself is not connecting properly.

Unfortunately I discovered this issue when I was in the process of taking a look at a customer's hard drive and the slightest movement in the wire would lose contact with the adapter and therefore suddenly lose power to the hard drive connected. Of course, this could easily cause hard drive problems with sudden disconnections especially while data is being accessed or extracted.

Unfortunately for me, I had to cut out the serial number on the bottom in order to utilize the $10 money back coupon. According to Apricorn's warranty policy, any item without a serial number will be voided of any warranty. Seems saving a mere ten dollars wasn't worth it...

Other Thoughts: What do I do? It seems I'm out of options here...

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