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VANTEC CB-ISA225-U3 IDE/SATA TO USB 3.0 Adapter

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  • Compact And Lightweight Design For Easy Storage
  • Supports 2.5" & 3.5" SATA or PATA(IDE) Hard Drives
  • Supports 5.25" Optical CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drives
  • USB 3.0 interface for fast data transfer
  • Hot-Swappable: Plug & Play Without Rebooting
  • Optimized for any speed, SATA I/II/ III HDD/SSD/ODD
  • No Drivers Needed (NDN) for multiple OS

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  • Specifications
  • Warranty & Returns
  • Reviews

General information

The VANTEC CB-ISA225-U3 IDE/SATA to USB adapter offers a quick and easy way to access your bare HDDs/SSDs/ODDs. It features a connector for 2.5" PATA device, a connector for 3.5"/5.25" PATA device, and a SATA connector that works with 2.5"/3.5"/5.25" SATA device, and supports HDDs up to 8TB in capacity. Up to 5Gbps bus bandwidth of the USB 3.0 makes large files transfer a breeze. An AC adapter delivers ample power for drives while eliminating the hassle of opening chassis and connecting the internal PSU. This gadget is also lightweight, compact and plug-and-play, no drivers required, making it a great choice for power users and service technicians to backup or transfer data from drive to drive.

Wide Compatibility

This adapter accepts nearly all consumer class storage devices available on the market, including IDE & SATA I/II/III SSDs, HDDs and CD/DVD/Blu-ray drives, whether in 2.5", 3.5" or 5.25" form factor. Up to 8TB HDD is supported.

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Ultra-Fast Transfer Rates

When being connected to a USB 3.0 port, NexStar IDE/SATA to USB 3.0 adapter lets you access files in blazing-fast speed. Reduce transfer time by up to 3 times when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates.*

*Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.

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Easy to Use

The included external power adapter will allow you to power your drives outside your system, giving you the ability to quickly add or hot-swap between drives without opening your case. The plug and play function with “NDN” (No Drivers Needed) features works wonder with Windows and OSX, saving you time and trouble. This compact and lightweight design makes for easy storage and portability.

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Must-Have Computer Repair Tool Kit

This is the easiest solution for connecting “naked” hard drive to a USB port. The USB 3.0 to IDE/SATA adapter is ideal for PC repair, upgrade, troubleshooting for intermediate or advanced PC users.


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Model

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Brand
VANTEC
Model
CB-ISA225-U3

Details

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Type
IDE/SATA TO USB 3.0 Adapter
Color
Black
Changer Type
USB to IDE&SATA
Specifications
Interface: USB 3.0

Support Devices: IDE & SATA I/II/III, SSDs, Hard Drives, CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drives

Drive Size: 2.5" & 3.5" & 5.25"

HDD Capacity: Up to 8TB

Power Supply: Ac Adapter

Material: Plastic

Dimensions: 63.00 x 42.00 x 14.00 mm

USB cable Length: 457.00 mm

System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1, 10 (32 or 64 bit)
Mac OS X v10.6 and Up
Linux OS
USB 3.0 or 2.0 Equipped System
For USB 3.0 Speeds, the System Must Support USB 3.0 Specification

Connectors

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Connector A
1x USB 3.0 male
Connector B
1x SATA III + 1x 3.5in IDE + 1x 2.5in IDE

Features

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Features
Compact And Lightweight Design For Easy Storage

Supports 2.5" & 3.5" SATA or PATA(IDE) Hard Drives

Supports 5.25" Optical CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drives

USB 3.0 interface for fast data transfer

Hot-Swappable: Plug & Play Without Rebooting

Optimized for any speed, SATA I/II/ III HDD/SSD/ODD

No Drivers Needed (NDN) for multiple OS

Package Contents

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Package Contents
IDE/SATA To USB 3.0 Adapter
SATA Data Cable
Power Converter
Power Adapter
4 pin SATA adapter
Quick Installation Guide

Additional Information

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Date First Available
April 18, 2016
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Works as advertised but this unit won't last due to poorly thought out power adapters 1/8/2020 8:30:59 PM

Pros: - Works as advertised
- Doesn't require any special drivers on Win10 when hooking up an old IDE hdd via USB

Cons: Poorly designed power adapters that must be switched for either IDE/PATA or SATA 3.5" hdds. These power adapters have very small plastic connectors that are difficult to grab with normal sized fingers. You either need long fingernails or you need to use pliers. Over time, ppl are just gonna pull out the power adapter by the cables instead of trying to grasp the tiny plastic connector, thereby destroying the unit.

Overall Review: This device comes in 2 major pieces. 1) a USB 3.0 to IDE/PATA/SATA dongle. 2) a 110v AC wall wart with an On/Off switch in the middle of the cord and a proprietary 4-pin "adapter" box on the end. This "adapter" box has a 4-pin power header into which you must plug various power adapters for whatever hdd you wish to power. So included in the box is a power adapter for a 3.5" IDE/PATA hard drive and another for a 3.5" SATA hdd. You plug one end of this wiring harness into the power "adapter" box and you plug the other end into your IDE/PATA/SATA hdd. There is no wiring harness for a 2.5" SATA drive so I guess that is bus powered directly over USB 2.0/3.0.

The problem is it's REALLY difficult to unplug these power adapters b/c the plastic connector is small and somewhat recessed. You need really small fingers or pliers. Overtime, ppl are just gonna pull out the adapter by the wires (instead of gripping the connector) and end up destroying the wiring harness.

Overall this unit works as advertised. I simply jumpered an old 500GB Maxtor IDE hdd as "master". Plugged the USB to IDE adapter into the hdd. Powered up the hdd with the On/Off switch. And then plugged the usb cable into a usb 2.0 port (didn't try a usb 3.0 port). And the thing just worked! No drivers needed. It just worked in Windows 10.

But if you ask me would I buy it again? The answer is no. And the reason is of the poorly designed power wiring harnesses you must plug-in/unplug for the various types of HDD's. This unit works, but it's not something that will last for years & years.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Very handy Tool 4/10/2019 6:17:33 PM

Pros: Hooks every drive to every machine with a USB port.

Cons: Lots of little adapters. Keep them all in one box. Allow plenty of time to transfer data.

Overall Review: I hooked an internal mechanical SATA drive to an external SSD, an EIDE drive, and an old floppy drive. Has an external power supply for all of them. Worked with USB 2.0 as well.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Amazing! So useful for testing old hard drives! 1/4/2019 9:45:50 PM

Pros: -Easy to use
-Fast

Cons: -My included power supply is loose in my electrical socket, but that may just be my power bar

Overall Review: I have had some problems with getting the Molex cable out of some drives, but they are generally pretty hard to unplug

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Useful and good value overall, one tiny bug but one can ignore it for compatibility with 8TB drives 10/17/2018 12:38:42 AM

Pros: - Compact
- Separate power source is convenient
- Compatibility with old IDE drives is useful if one still encounters old PCs
- Typically sustain 110-120 MB/s over USB 3 (in Windows) if the drive can also do so
- Compatibility with 8TB drives was the main reason I chose this model, others max out at 4TB or even 2TB

Cons: - Does not pass along complete ATA commands, it passes enough of them to use drives for typical user tasks but if you try to use hdparm or smartctl on drives via this adapter in Linux, some commands will work, some won't, some partially work, for example, if you begin a SMART self test by issuing "smartctl -t long /dev/sdX" smartctl comes back saying it couldn't do so after a long delay, but check with "smartctl -a /dev/sdX" and, again after a long delay, it shows that the test did in fact begin. Likewise you can check the status of the write-back cache on the drive with "hdparm -W /dev/sdX" but can't always change it (it seems to default to on/1 which is what I usually want anyway) - but again, this won't be an issue for the average user.

Overall Review: I originally bought two of these to use as a "poor man's external drive enclosure" for backing up my PCs, one of them found permanent use on one of my PCs so I just bought a third one. If it wasn't for that little ATA command issue these would be perfect, but it doesn't seem to be a show-stopper for what I've wanted to do with these adapters so far, and for the price and overall reliability they're worth it.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Cool Rescue Tool 6/24/2018 7:07:54 PM

Pros: Small, fast, easy to use. not terribly expensive, lets you access your disk to copy files.
Allows formatting and partitioning both from CMD and Disk Management (in Windows).
No drivers needed in windows.

Cons: For the drive interface itself, none.
For the power supply, see the comments below

Overall Review: The power supply works properly but is poorly thought out. It consists of a standard wall wart type transformer with an inline switch so you can power on after connecting everything. That plugs into a small connector block into which you again have to connect either the SATA or MOLEX power cords provided. This is too many connectors and it's rather prone to accidental disconnects. They should have simply brought a 4 wired cable with a SATA and a MOLEX connector directly out of the module with the switch in it.

Other than this one grumble... it's a good well made device that I expect will serve me well.

UPDATE: June 24 2018 ... Still working like a champ. A little tip when working with this device... Always have a good drive on hand. When not working on your own computer, it is sometimes hard to determine if the device or the drive is the problem. By testing first with a known good drive, you can more easily diagnose a bad drive.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Solid Product at a Reasonable Price. 4/28/2018 11:24:35 PM

Pros: -Flashing blue light on adapter when hard drive is being accessed.

-USB 3.0 speed! (this ensures your hard drive transfers go as fast as they possibly can. my old Seagate 200GB IDE did about 60MB/s where as if that same drive was on a USB 2 connection it would be limited to about 30MB/s since that's the limit of the USB 2 interface. with USB 3 on the other hand, since it's faster than any hard drives available, you don't have to worry about any speed handicaps based on the USB 3 interface unlike USB 2 where you will experience a 30MB/s limit on file transfers. to state the obvious... in order to use this devices USB 3 speed you need to have a USB 3 port on your computer which the easiest way to find these is they typically are 'blue' in color.)

-Price (at $20 it's a solid buy)

-Seems durable enough, does not feel cheap. on/off switch seems like it will last and connecting this device to a hard drive's/DVD drive's IDE port seems to firmly hold in place.

-Works on (almost(see Cons)) all IDE devices I tested it on, which are...

---Some old 10-12GB or so range 2.5" IDE drives.
---Some old 10GB range 3.5" IDE hard drives. NOTE: some are from original XBox consoles but for these to work they need to be unlocked first.
---80GB(Seagate)/160GB(Western Digital)/200GB(Seagate) 3.5" IDE hard drives.
---Lite-On 1673s DVD burner (IDE connection). mfg date March 2005.
---HP CD-writer+ 9100 (8x4x32) (IDE connection). mfg date May 2000. (see 'NOTE' below)

I briefly tested burning a ISO file with ImgBurn on the Lite-On 1673s drive and it worked fine. I primarily got this device for older IDE drives even though I would assume ill have no problems with it's SATA connection (I do have some 2.5" and 3.5" SATA drives I could test) given the IDE drives work. it's basically a great device for making any internal hard drive work externally up to 8TB.

NOTE: on my HP CD-Writer+ 9100, being the power port/IDE data port are so close together, it's not possible to use this device 'as is' being the white tab on the molex power plug sticks out which blocks this device from being plugged into the drive to power it as if you plug in the main device you cannot plug in the power to it (or vice versa) as it's physically not possible on the HP CD-writer+ 9100. but what I did to work around that is use one of those 'molex power extenders' I had laying around and hacked off the small white block that protrudes so that I can now plug that part into the HP CD-writer along with this device (as the tab no longer interferes with both the power/IDE being connected at the same time since I hacked it off on the extended molex power connector) and then simply connect this devices molex connector into the extended molex connector (so this device molex power goes into the extended molex power connector and that extended molex connector then plugs into the HP CD burner) and then the device works. but generally speaking I doubt this will be a problem for the vast majority of people who buy this device as all of the hard drives I got have no issues plugging in the power and IDE connection and this device functions perfectly fine.

Cons: -Devices USB cable is a bit too short at only 18 inches (or 1.5 foot) as this is the adapters biggest flaw which forces you to sit the device real close to the computers USB 3 port and makes things more difficult to use. the USB cable should be at least twice that length as that would help out a lot in certain setups like mine. the the devices AC adapter power cord length on the other hand has plenty of length which is about 44 inches in length or a bit over 3.5 foot.

-Some comments on the following hard drives...

---428.1MB Seagate (model ST3491A)
---Western Digital 8GB (model WD80EB-28CGH1) (Western Digital has a mfg date of Nov 24th 2001)

both of the above hard drives have no problems being wiped with DBAN v2.3.0 on a old eMachines 500Mhz Celeron CPU computer I had since the year 2000. because I ran DBAN on the 428.1MB hard drive in April 2017 on that old computer and there was no errors during the drive wipe and I recently ran DBAN on the WD 8GB above on April 27th 2018 on that same old computer and that did not have any errors. also, the 8GB Western Digital is seen in Windows 10 through the 'Disk Management' but when attempting to create a drive and then format it, it has errors and upon a disk scan for errors it attempts to fix them but fails etc. so my guess is the old computer is probably not detecting the errors where as Windows 10 is(?) and I think it's a faulty hard drive because the other 10GB Seagate drives(of which I have three), which are of similar age, function fine with this adapter on my primary Windows 10 computer. the 428.1MB hard drive is not recognized at all by this adapter but it's not a big deal since the drive is quite ancient and not really worth using anyways since the storage space is next to nothing.

-Given my experience with the 'HP CD-Writer+ 9100', in rare cases you may not be able use this device 'as is' without a slightly modified molex power adapter so that this devices molex power can connect to the modified molex power adapter so it can then power up the device while the device is connected to the IDE connector on your HDD/DVD drive etc.

Overall Review: -Make sure to set your IDE drive jumper settings to MASTER and, like the instruction manual says, you want to have the power switch OFF on the devices power cable with the USB plug UNPLUGGED from your computer and then power on the switch and wait at least 20 seconds before inserting the devices USB cable into your computers USB port (20 seconds is likely not required (I would say more like 5 seconds) in many cases but I think they say this just to be certain things will work).

NOTE: it may seem like there is no power to the hard drive when the power adapter's power switch is switched to ON but the hard drive only spins up once the USB cable is inserted into your computer on nearly all of my hard drives besides a Maxtor 10.2GB as that seems to spin up immediately after the power switch is switched ON where as the others don't power/spin up until the USB cable is plugged into the computer.

-I got this device connected to a USB 3 port on back of my computer which is connected to a Vantec USB 3.0 PCI-E card, model UGT-PC345. but it does work on my computers USB 2 ports as I briefly tested it. I got a 'ASUS P8H61-M LX Plus' motherboard.

-Auto-detected by Windows 10 (build 17134(which is April 2018)). so in other words, you just connect it to your computer and it just works without any driver installation needed.

-Hard drive easily managed from 'Disk Management' in Windows 10 if you need to delete everything and start from scratch etc. but for good measure, and partially to test out this IDE to USB 3 adapter, I did a 'delete volume' and then created a new one to make sure it takes up the maximum storage of the hard drive and then did a full format and everything worked fine. but to state the obvious... DO NOT use 'delete volume' unless you have your data on the hard drive somewhere else first since this will delete all data on the hard drive! ; but basically if your drive does not show up, check 'Disk Management' as you may need to do a little bit of adjustment in there before Windows see's the drive so you can use it.

Bottom line... I give this Vantec IDE/SATA to USB 3.0 adapter a 4.5 out of 5 as it's only real fault is the short USB cable length at 18 inches, but for $20 it's hard to complain.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
great item. used to backup info off of hard drive 12/25/2017 11:02:21 AM

Pros: once i figured how it worked very happy. several adapters for different hard drives. able to format hard drive so it reads and writes

Cons: on standard drives works fine, have several dell units which I can not get info off of. dell hard drives are modified,cannot be read by this system. again very good system except for this problem.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Don't waste your time. Doesnt work! 10/11/2017 10:12:15 PM

Pros: none, doesnt work

Cons: doesnt work
Not compatible with WIndows

Overall Review: Bought this adapter to replace my old SATA and IDE adapter.
Tried it with several hard drives on my Windows 7 PC, it doesnt work.
Restarted the computer, tried different USB plug, doesn't work.
It says "Device Driver Software was not successfully installed"

Unless you have too much time in your hand waiting around for the package and returning it.. don;t even bother..

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