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Vantec 2.5"/3.5"/5.25" SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter - Model CB-ISATAU2

  • Transfer Rates Up to 480Mbps
  • Easily add storage to any system
  • Currently supports up to 2 TB
  • Supports ATA/ATAPI-7
  • Supports LBA-48 Add
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Turn any drive into a hot swappable USB drive with this SATA/IDE to USB adapter from Vantec. The external power adapter ensures that you have enough power for 3.5" hard drives and 5.25" optical drives.

Because you don't need a case, this is a great setup for tech benches and repair shops. It makes data recovery and transfer faster since you don’t have to mount the drive into a system or external case first. Check and connect drives in a hurry with this versatile little tool!

  • newegg Broad Compatibility The Vantec CB-ISATAU2 supports a wide range of SATA/IDE devices including 3.5" and 2.5" SATA/IDE hard drives and 5.25” optical drives such as CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and DVD burners.
  • newegg USB 2.0 Compliant The Vantec CB-ISATAU2 is compliant with high-speed USB 2.0 to deliver transfer rates of up to 480Mbps.
  • newegg External Power Adapter With the included external power adapter, quickly add or swap between drives without the hassle of opening your computer chassis to access the PSU.

Learn more about the Vantec CB-ISATAU2




SATA to USB 2.0
3.5"& 5.25"IDE to USB 2.0
2.5"IDE to USB 2.0
Dimensions: 70 x 43 x 10 mm
Cable Length: 92cm (36in)

Physical Characteristics

Cable Length
2.76" x 1.69" x 0.39"


Transfer Rates Up to 12 Mbps with USB 1.1
Transfer Rates Up to 480 Mbps with USB 2.0
Easily Add Storage to Any System with USB
Supports HDD Capacity Up to 6TB
Supports ATA / ATAPI-7
Supports LBA-48 Addressing
Hot-Swappable: Plug & Play without Rebooting


Package Contents
SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter
SATA Cable
Power Cable
Power Cord
Power Adapter
Driver Disk


Changer Type

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the Vantec CB-ISATAU2

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  • Domenic J.
  • 5/8/2015 5:37:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter

Pros: FAST shipping! Adapter connected easily and I tested two new SATA DVD Writers quickly and easily using the USB2 interface on an old AMD64 IDE computer . So no problems anticipated when installing into new SATA systems. Works as advertised!

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Excellent method of testing storage devices without having to open computer and install.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/24/2015 2:44:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing and Cheap

Pros: Has worked perfectly for over 5 years

Cons: None. it does what it says it does

Other Thoughts: Worth every single penny. Buy it now. I bought another company's product while I was on-site 2 years after I bought this one. That one has already died, this one still lives on.

I would recommend Purchasing a Sata Data + Power cable as well.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/19/2015 9:20:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsworked once

Pros: it worked once...

Cons: after that first drive, it wouldn't read any other drives, not sure if its frying drives or if it fried itself

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  • Ann L.
  • 4/16/2015 11:41:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFried my Hard drive

Pros: None. I have only had it for 5 minutes

Cons: Fried my hard drive
lack of testing

Other Thoughts: I had just gotten the adapter in the mail and tried connecting it to my laptop to get data off. As soon as i plugged power cord into hard drive, it started smoking and gave off an awful smell. Expected more from this product since it had so many good reviews.

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  • David F.
  • 4/14/2015 8:06:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsConsole approved!

Pros: Works with my Wii U perfectly.

Cons: Just an adapter with no housing.

Other Thoughts: This adapter was great priced. I bought this to A. use with my Wii U and B. use for other PCs. As it turns out my Wii U can use it perfectly. Combined with an external power supply it works flawlessly where my Wii U would not be able to use an external HDD that gets power from USB. It detects it no problems. Drivers are not required for this product.

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  • Michael I.
  • 3/24/2015 12:18:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPoor construction

Pros: the IDE and Molex connector worked

Cons: The SATA power connector came with disconnected wires and I don't have the equipment to repair it

Other Thoughts: was going to RMA but it's just not even worth paying the return shipping. just going to chalk it up as a loss. will not buy again.

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  • Carl S.
  • 3/13/2015 10:49:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSaved the day...

Pros: Good design, easy to use, and reliable

Cons: No "cons" I can think of other than it would be nice to have more than on slot for a hard drive!

Other Thoughts: I wasn't hopeful that I could retrieve all the files off the hard drive in the computer I was using died... When I found out about Vantec SATA/IDE adapter I was relieved there was a high possibility I could retrieve all my files... When I plugged the SATA hard drive into the Vantec and connected it to my new PC, it was a huge relief to see the drive pop up in my file explorer...! Now I use the old SATA hard drive like a "thumb drive"... I highly recommend the Vantec SATA/IDE unit... In addition to using the SATA drive, I also plugged in via the adapters, two IDE drives that I also use for file storage along... Having 1TB of cloud storage, every thing from my new PC and the external hard drives using the Vantec SATA/IDE adapter unit, plus an HP 1TB external hard drive is backed up, so even if the external drives die out, I still have my files "in the cloud"...!

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  • Erik s.
  • 2/25/2015 10:59:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Worked great on an old hard drive from the early 2000's and a hard drive out of an old Mac book G4. Extremely easy to use and glad I bought it.

Cons: None.

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  • pete b.
  • 2/21/2015 1:38:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSeems like a good product

Pros: I bought this to get a bunch of stuff off of an old IDE drive from my last build that was laying around. The setup is straight forward and simple enough; if you're familiar with drives than you'll understand the plug, if not than you probably shouldn't be using this anyway. Check your jumper.

Cons: I had to copy about 200GB of data. It was going smoothly until it hit 20% when I heard the drive die. I don't know how to type the sound, but you'll know it if you hear it. I could also start to smell it - it obviously locked up. I don't want to blame to adapter, maybe the power supply though. But even that is speculation as my drive was pretty old and the things just die sometimes.

My point is this - don't copy large amounts all at once. Copy in small batches. The drive may have just been working too hard, so I should have have copied some, let it cool down, and copied some more.

Good luck!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
We try hard to provide excellent customers service. If you have questions about our products, or anything that are not functioning the way it is advertised, please feel free to write to us for assistance at We will try our best to support and answer your questions. Thank you for looking into our products.
Best Regards, Vantec

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  • Alexander W.
  • 2/15/2015 6:47:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Does what it says on the tin, requires no drivers with any computer I have used, the power supply that comes with it is sufficient.

Cons: This thing is slow. I would expect, being a USB 2 device, that throughput would be in the neighborhood of 25-30MB/s. This is not the case. I have only seen a maximum 10-15MB/s. The drives, when connected directly to the motherboard, operate at 40-45MB/s. This device does not saturate either the USB or hard drive bus sides. This complaint is only costing the thing one egg. It's not THAT bad, but disappointing.

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