SATA to USB 3.0 Adaptors

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  1. Posts : 48
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    SATA to USB 3.0 Adaptors


    Hi,

    I wonder, should I buy one of these Sata to USB interface? I have a 1TB internal hard drive I could use as portable HDD, I would not move it a lot, perhaps once per month from home to work.



    Are these safe for my USB ports or simply for the computers? And usually are they plug and play ?

    This would cost me around 28$ with taxes and shipping included.. to give my old internal HDD it's last breath of life while a new 1tb portable HDD would cost me around 90$, I already have 2 of them.

    What do you think about this SATA to USB 3.0 ?

    Thanks
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  2. Barman58's Avatar
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    I would suggest that you look at a complete, external case, although these adaptors are fine for an emergency, short term, recovery purpose, they are not protective of the drive, and the supply of power via the USB port will be limited for regular use. the external cases are protective and usually come complete with an external power supply
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  3. SoFine409's Avatar
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    Barman58 said:
    I would suggest that you look at a complete, external case, although these adaptors are fine for an emergency, short term, recovery purpose, they are not protective of the drive, and the supply of power via the USB port will be limited for regular use. the external cases are protective and usually come complete with an external power supply
    I don't know about SSDs but HDs used with these will experience temperature increases in excess of those in an enclosure. I suspect it's because most enclosures, even cheap ones, have fans and that air flow, even minimal, will cool an HDs more effectively than simple radiational cooling will.
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  4. Posts : 358
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    SATA to USB adapters are very useful for occasional use, as stated above. They should always have an external 12V power suply, as this is necessary to connect 3.5 in HDDs.
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  5. Posts : 48
    Linux mint 19.2
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Barman58 said:
    I would suggest that you look at a complete, external case, although these adaptors are fine for an emergency, short term, recovery purpose, they are not protective of the drive, and the supply of power via the USB port will be limited for regular use. the external cases are protective and usually come complete with an external power supply
    Oh ok thanks for the input.

    The docking station type? they are not too expensive either, will follow your advice directly getting that instead of the simple wire.

    I found this one which has external 12v DC instead of using USB power.. I think that's a better idea.
    Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Lay-Flat Docking Station for 2.5 or 3.5in HDD, SSD

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    Anibor said:
    SATA to USB adapters are very useful for occasional use, as stated above. They should always have an external 12V power suply, as this is necessary to connect 3.5 in HDDs.
    Hem the wire has the power and the data port.. I thought it was using the USB power even for 3.5 inches HDD.

    Mine is a 3.5"

    As stated previously, I am not going to buy that wire anyway.
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  6. Posts : 358
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    windowz123 said:
    Oh ok thanks for the input.

    The docking station type? they are not too expensive either, will follow your advice directly getting that instead of the simple wire.

    I found this one which has external 12v DC instead of using USB power.. I think that's a better idea.
    Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Lay-Flat Docking Station for 2.5 or 3.5in HDD, SSD

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    Hem the wire has the power and the data port.. I thought it was using the USB power even for 3.5 inches HDD.

    Mine is a 3.5"

    As stated previously, I am not going to buy that wire anyway.
    A USB 3.0 port never supplies 12 V, only 5 V.

    The advantages of an adapter are its low cost and flexibility - you can connect a 3.5 in HDD, a 2.5 in. HDD, or a SATA SSD. This is not the case with most enclosures.

    In my experience, the temperature is not an issue, an adapter can be used for hours without problems.
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  7. Berton's Avatar
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    It is possible to use that type adapter with USB 3 ports as they provide more power but I have a couple of those for USB 2 ports but they come with a Y-cable, plug into one port for data and power and another port for additional power. Haven't had a problem with them nor with the couple of External ODD/Optical Disc Drive. The 3.5" floppy drives I have get by with a single cable. The 2.5" drives for Notebooks have different power demands, not as much as 3.5" drives need but generally 1Amp and over need the additional power. The 3.5" drives need both 5V and 12V power hence the need for different types of adapters or boxes.
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  8. Posts : 48
    Linux mint 19.2
    Thread Starter
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    Anibor said:
    A USB 3.0 port never supplies 12 V, only 5 V.

    The advantages of an adapter are its low cost and flexibility - you can connect a 3.5 in HDD, a 2.5 in. HDD, or a SATA SSD. This is not the case with most enclosures.

    In my experience, the temperature is not an issue, an adapter can be used for hours without problems.
    Yep I agree they look great .

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    Berton said:
    It is possible to use that type adapter with USB 3 ports as they provide more power but I have a couple of those for USB 2 ports but they come with a Y-cable, plug into one port for data and power and another port for additional power. Haven't had a problem with them nor with the couple of External ODD/Optical Disc Drive. The 3.5" floppy drives I have get by with a single cable. The 2.5" drives for Notebooks have different power demands, not as much as 3.5" drives need but generally 1Amp and over need the additional power. The 3.5" drives need both 5V and 12V power hence the need for different types of adapters or boxes.
    Ok thanks.

    Wait you still use a floppy drive?
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  9. Berton's Avatar
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    windowz123 said:
    Wait you still use a floppy drive?
    Well, yeah. I never know when a client will find a disk in a drawer and want know what's on it. Even have 1 client with a stack of ZIP Disks, have a drive for that. Have 2 Dell Latitude Notebooks with interchangeable CD/DVD and Floppy drives.
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  10. SoFine409's Avatar
    Posts : 1,287
    Win10 Pro
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    Berton said:
    Even have 1 client with a stack of ZIP Disks, have a drive for that.
    I remember what a nightmare those were.
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