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Tripp Lite's USB 3.0 to SATA / IDE Adapter allows individual or simultaneous connection to either a Serial ATA or IDE drive (2.5" / 3.5" / 5.25"). You can also transfer data between a SATA and an IDE drive over the adapter. Configure hard drives without having to install them first. The unit features both 2.5" IDE (44-pin) and 3.5" (40-pin) connections, and a 22-Pin SATA Data + Power connector. Works with any SATA and certain IDE drives. Included with the product is PC Clone Ex Lite software, which allows you to quickly backup and restore files. The button on the unit allows for quick backup of your files with the press of a button. PC Clone Ex Lite is compatible with Windows. The U338-000 is compatible with Windows and Mac.
Pros: It includes power for the hard drives (both SATA and IDE), uses USB 3, and doesn't give me false "bad block errors" on my 3TB hdd's like my old USB 2 Startech adapter did.
Cons: USB 3 is still slower on a 7500 rpm hdd than SATA is for doing a full disk scan. Considering that the theoretical throughput on usb 3 is several times faster than the sustainable throughput of a traditional hdd, I was hoping for better performance, but it's still pretty good.
Other Thoughts: The best external HDD adapter that I have at the moment. Every IT tech should have something like this.
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