They say 5 volts only on this cable
Pros: This review relates to my earlier review below. At that time I said that this must be the regular cable that I own two of, but I have since found out that Koutech does indeed sell two of these power over esata cables - the "5 volts only" is $5 cheaper than the 5 volts and 12 volts version. If you run 3.5" drives, you need the one that also supplies 12 volts.
Cons: This cable says no 12 volts, and assuming that is true - see top - then don't get it for a regular 3.5" desktop hard drive - it will only work for laptop 2.5" drives. (Maybe also for SSDs.)
Other Thoughts: I was not aware that they supplied two versions of their power over esata cable. Everything in my full review holds. The cable is very useful, but I would myself spend the extra $5 and get their cable that very clearly says 5 volts AND 12 volts. I am not aware of any 3.5" desktop hard drives that do not require 12 volts to drive the spindle motor - the motor which rotates the drive. The smaller laptop drives run off 5 volts and do not require 12 volts. All the caveats - all the cautions in my full review apply to this cable as well, since laptop drives also have micro-processor-driven controller boards, of course, which depend on a clean source of 5 volt energy.
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Run a raw drive, no enclosure needed
Pros: You can take a raw hard drive, like I do, and plug it into this cable which protrudes over the front of my everyday desktop, and which connects in the back of my computer to a special esata two-port card installed in my pci-e 1x slot. Read about the card in "other thoughts" below. As soon as I do that, the hard drive comes into disk management.
Cons: DON'T LET THE FOLLOWING SCARE YOU - JUST READ CAREFULLY:
Other Thoughts: DON'T LET THE FOLLOWING SCARE YOU - JUST READ CAREFULLY:
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