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SIIG's SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA/IDE Adapter is designed to easily add more storage space to your USB enabled (USB 3.0 recommended) notebook or desktop computer. It installs in minutes with quick and easy tool-less design and driver-free installation, simply connect a 2.5" or 3.5" Serial ATA (SATA) or IDE hard disk drive to this adapter then connect to a USB port. This SATA/IDE adapter delivers USB 3.0 data transfer rates up to 5Gb/s, supports USB Mass Storage Class Bulk-Only Transport, and is compatible with wide variety SATA and IDE hard disk drives of any brand and capacity. It is the perfect solution enabling you to easily add more storage space to your notebook and desktop computer.
Pros: Includes small rubber mat to place hard drive on.
Cons: Unit was Dead on Arrival. When I plug in to USB, unit is never recognized. Tried two different computers, and tried a different USB cable. Now I need to hassle with returning. Didn't expect to need external supply for SSD's. Think I'm going to cut my losses, and look for a better designed unit.
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Pros: Small, includes a decently long USB 3.0 cable and power cable.
Cons: Most enclosures/adapters can power 2.5" drives purely over USB, requiring a power brick when connected to 3.5" drives. This adapter requires the power brick even for 2.5" drives, which is inconvenient and unexpected, but SIIG never claimed otherwise on the product page, I guess. Also, this comes up as "ASM1051" on Windows, which is the name of a SATA to USB bridge chip. Googling around shows that this chip only supports SATA 3 Gbps, not 6. However, ASMedia also makes an ASM1051E chip that does, so I'm hoping that this is a cosmetic error. I have reached out to SIIG to confirm since I do not wish to disassemble my unit to find out, and will update this review if I hear back.
Other Thoughts: I have not yet tested this with a 6 Gbps SATA drive connected over USB 3.0 since I don't yet have USB 3.0 (bought this for future-proofing and to replace an existing similar adapter that always failed on heavy write I/O), so I can't comment on actual performance yet. I mostly wanted to mention the limitation of 2.5" drives requiring the power brick.
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