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This review is from: Rosewill RCW-616 Laptop 2.5" to Desktop 3.5" IDE Hard Drive Adapter Converter
Pros: Great tool to have on hand, once the problem explained below is resolved.
Cons: Bought 2, neither one worked, using a known good drive & cable. Metered them out, found 4 open pins on one, due to bad solder. Other one metered out ok, but still didn't work. After reviewing the IDE specs, determined that +5 volts is needed on pins 41 & 42, but due to a design flaw is only being provided on pin 42. Soldered a jumper from 41 to 42 on both adapters, as well as fixing the bad solder where needed, and now they both work.
Other Thoughts: Spoke to Rosewill tech support on 2/22/2013, giving them the details on this issue. Also noted same problem (based on feedback) with the Kinamax ADP-IDE23, also sold by Newegg. They probably both come from the same manufacturer (pictures are identical).
The bad solder joints are a quality control issue.
The pin 41-42 problem is a design issue.
NOTE: Some brands of 2.5" hard drives provide the pin 41-42 connection internally, and therefore would not see the problem. My only experience has been with Hitachi.
This review is from: SYBA SY-IDE-SATAHD IDE to SATA Device Adapter
Pros: Master/slave selectability
Cons: Connector orientation, loose sata connectors
Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these. Although they both worked when I tested them, I don't feel I can rely on them. The connector feels loose when plugged into a sata device. Comparing the connector to other cables or adapters that feel tighter, it can be seen that a good connector has a small bump inside which provides for a tight connection. This adapter does not have that bump. This somewhat loose fit probably contributes to other reports of "lost device". Definitely a defective design.READ FULL REVIEW