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This review is from: Vantec 2.5" / 3.5" / 5.25" SATA / IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter - Model CB-ISATAU2
Pros: this adapter can be a snap to use, i.e pretty much just plug and play, or it can be little tricky depending on your situation.
if the hard drive you want to connect is simply a storage drive (filled with docs, images, vids, etc. but no operating system) then you can be up and running pretty quickly, albeit you may have to fiddle with the drive's jumper settings (master, slave) depending on the type of drive you're attaching (i believe the documentation says to set the jumpers to master, but that doesn't always work).
however if the drive you're connecting has an operating system loaded, say an older os than your current system, and it is from a different machine (i.e. different hardware configuration) you may have to jump through a few ownership hoops in order to get it up and running as the old os will not recognize the system, resulting in an access denied error.
my experience: with jumpers set to master i attached my old drive (lmaxtor, xp loaded along with a ton of other files, removed from a different machine) to my new machine that has windows 8/64 installed. the drive did not show up in explorer, disk management or device manager - what did show up was the yellow question mark in device manager under other devices.
i then set the jumpers to slave and tried again - this time the drive showed up in explorer, disk management and device manager. however when i selected the drive in explorer i got an access denied message even though i am the administrator.
after a quick google search i found this solution:
1. command prompt: takeown /F "F:" /A /R /D Y where "F:" is your drive letter.
2. and take ownership of the drive via disk management as outlined here:
seems like a lot of messing around but it really is painless and quick once you know what to do - hope some find this helpful.
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This review is from: BYTECC USB2-6MF-B 6 ft. Blue Type A Male to Type A Female USB 2.0 Extension Cable
Pros: nice cable
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Pros: was expecting more given the rave reviews. nice enough panel, very lightweight, mounted it to an arm but, to be honest, the look and feel of it strikes me as a bit cheap/chintzy, just doesn't scream quality imo. with that said, it does offer nice image quality.
Cons: doesn't look/feel like a quality piece of equipment, hard to believe it has a glass face (per the specs i believe, but i'm not so sure) - can't believe it doesn't have vesa mounting capability, albeit a mod is available if you do a search, but i knew that going in...READ FULL REVIEW