Pros: It does everything it's supposed to do.
Cons: I wish the Newegg description had been more complete. I wasn't sure until I opened the package that it would contain a power supply for the hard drives. But it does, and it even contains a couple of power cables for non-USA sockets. Nice.
Overall Review: I'm writing this review for the benefit of people who are as dense as I am. I have spent the bulk of this afternoon trying to get this thing going. Turns out the product works, but only if you do things in the right order. If you are dealing with SATA drives, you probably won't have any problems. I didn't, anyway. But when I tried to access my old IDE drives, I couldn't get them to show up in Windows 10. Nothing worked until I did this: 1) Be sure the IDE drive's jumper is set for "slave," assuming you're working with it on an SATA system. 2) Don't plug the Adapter/Converter into the USB 3.0 socket yet. 3) Plug the adapter and the power cord into the drive, turn on the power switch, and be sure the drive has had enough time to get up to speed. 4) Now plug the USB cable into your computer's USB 3.0 socket. At this point Windows 10 should see the drive. Worked for me. Good luck!
Pros: I have a bunch of 2.5" drives salvaged from old laptops and thanks to USB 3 they feel new again.
Cons: Wasn't free, doesn't make coffee, etc.
Pros: This item performs as stated. It is simple and it works.
Overall Review: At least one person wrote "does not work on any usb with any hard drive even low wattage SSD"
However, that makes no sense. a USB 3.0 port can supply up to 4.5 watts. Older USB 2.0 ports can supply up to 2.5 watts. A typical 2.5" SATA drive may require 1.6 watts, but during normal operations is closer to 1.3 watts. There is absolutely no problem with "powered by USB" in most cases. You should, of course, verify the rated power requirements of any device you intend to connect via this or any similar adapter cable.
Pros: This USB3 / SATA-3 adapter is great for quickly attaching any 2.5" SSD/HDD drive to your PC. I did benchmark testing of four different SSDs and a HGST Travelstar 7200 RPM 1TB drive. The SSDs got up to 400MB/s read speeds and the HGST clocked in around 125MB/s. This adapter is able to saturate the USB3 bus speed so its as fast as you can get. I liked it so much that I bought another one to stuff the HGST drive in my laptop cooler for a permanent backup drive. There is also an activity LED to show you when it is working. This thing works much better than most USB3 drive enclosures and docks that I have.
Overall Review: For the money you can't beat this adapter. The fact that they were able to stuff all that bandwidth into the cable is amazing to me. This is a must-have for techs or anyone who needs to clone 2.5" drives or for quicky backups. You could even slap a USB3 PCIE card in your PC and run this adapter if you are short on SATA3 ports.
Pros: Very fast adapter. Faster than the thunderbolt adapter i purchased for $115. I tested the same SATA III drive in both adapters and this is what i got,
Thunderbolt: Write: 320 Read: 360
Startech Adapter: Write 360 Read: 410
Programs load like lightning. Cant beat the price.
Another pro is that is has an led hard drive activity light, its dimmed so its not obnoxious. This could possibly be the best $15 ive ever spent.
Overall Review: Late 2012 iMac 27"
24 GB Ram
Graphics: Nvidia 675MX
Pros: It came quickly from Newegg
Cons: Purchased the Star Tech USB3SSATAIDE USB 3.0 to SATA or IDE Hard Drive Adapter Converter and the first time I used it after hooking up the power supply it started smoking one of the circuits. I immediately pulled the power. Since it ruined one HD, I don't wish to try another.
Pros: Small, convenient, lightweight, this puppy has everything you need to clone, backup, transfer data through the USB-C port to a SATA III 2.5" drive. No need for an enclosure, that would on top of being useless, let the drive get too hot for no reason. Very decent speed. Bought 4 of those.
Cons: •It does not make my morning’s coffee.
•It’s not free.
•Shipping is a bit expensive.
Overall Review: Stop complaining about:
• Incompatibility with 3.5" drives: USB doesn’t provide enough power, it has nothing to do with the cable itself;
• Length of the cable: The longer the cable, the lower the speed; what do you prefer over the other: length or speed?
I previously bought this cable’s sibling, 5 X USB3S2SAT3CB, and I am plenty happy with all of them!
Pros: Works with 4TB Drives
Works with OS X.6.8
Cons: USB Cable a little short
Overall Review: This is an update to my review from last year. After trying several different USB / SATA adapters I finally found one that supports 4TB drives. The others that I tried did not support anything larger than 2TB. This adapter might support drives larger than 4TB but I do not have any to test with.