Review 4 for NewerTech Universal Drive Adapter USB 3.0 - connects any 2.5", 3.5" or 5.25" drive
PostedNovember 20, 2013
Works exactly as described. I tried it with 3.5" SATA and IDE drives as well as 2.5" SATA and IDE and all mounted and worked great. Only drives that did not show up were 100% Dead! I for sure would and have recommended this to other people.
Review 6 for NewerTech Universal Drive Adapter USB 3.0 - connects any 2.5", 3.5" or 5.25" drive
Exactly what I needed... except
PostedJuly 18, 2013
To start, the thing is well built. I can tell it's not some cheap, crummy parts bin assembled device. As most Newer Technology things go, this is well made.
The adapter works great for me. I was looking for an adapter that supported USB 3.0, as I work on computers all day and constantly have to use USB 2.0 to transfer anywhere from 500MB to 400GB in one transfer.
It works great for that.
However, I have one complaint: It's not particularly portable. There are drive adapters that do not require the SATA (most often used connection these days) to have it's own dedicated power brick. It's great you can use 2.5" IDE drives without the brick, but you don't see IDE drives much in machines made in the last 8 years. I would have liked to see power and USB 3.0 plug into the block, with the SATA and SATA power connections on the adapter itself, so I don't have to have to juggle 5 different components excluding the drive itself to simply hook up a 2.5" SATA drive. USB 3.0 is easily capable of powering a 2.5" drive, so it would have been a full 5 stars if I could have used 2.5" SATA drives the same as it supports 2.5" IDE drives.
Review 9 for NewerTech Universal Drive Adapter USB 3.0 - connects any 2.5", 3.5" or 5.25" drive
PostedNovember 30, 2012
This device does pretty much what it says. It has some drawbacks, which are minor, so here are the caveats: If you have USB 2 and not USB 3, don't expect fast speeds, but it will make the drive accessible and for just looking, it's O.K. If you want to do large file copying, be patient. Nothing like USB 3 or eSATA for this. I tried this unit with 3.5" IDE and a 3.5" SATA on a Mac, and a 2.5" IDE drive. It seems to work best with SATA. For IDE, one drive didn't mount reliably (it would disconnect itself after half a minute or so), and the others mounted a bit slowly, or on a second try. My 2.5" drive would not mount if directly connected to the unit. It worked fine with a cheap 2.5" to 3.5" adapter when I plugged into the cable for the 3.5" drives. This is on my system with a USB hub, you may have a different experience. Pay attention to the instructions, as jumper positions on 3.5" IDE drives are important. Without proper jumpers in place or the drive named properly, it will not mount. Also, remember that both USB plugs on the blue cable must be plugged in. I ran mine off a powered hub, which seemed to work O.K. Don't try to mount multiple drives. Once you have your setup going, don't touch anything! I found the wires to be touchy. The 12VDC power plug was a tight fit on and off, and one of the USB plugs was easy to pull out if you just barely moved the wire, so be careful. Basically a handy tool if you have an occasional drive land in your lap you want to get into.
Review 10 for NewerTech Universal Drive Adapter USB 3.0 - connects any 2.5", 3.5" or 5.25" drive
The Swiss Army Knife of Connectors
PostedJuly 11, 2012
This truly universal connector does the job; I just used it to connect a new SSD drive for loading before installing in a MacBook Pro. It is really the Swiss Army Knife of Connectors and will connect to most anything one can have.
Review 11 for NewerTech Universal Drive Adapter USB 3.0 - connects any 2.5", 3.5" or 5.25" drive
PostedJune 16, 2012
functions as advertised good quality cables, etc with the salvaged drives I have on hand I was able to test all interfaces my Macbook Air runs quieter and cooler with this unit because it provides power to the drives I am able to use my full size drives (both ata(ide) and sata as well as full size DVD with my Macbook Air which gives me all the abilities of a desktop. I couldn't be more pleased!
Review 12 for NewerTech Universal Drive Adapter USB 3.0 - connects any 2.5", 3.5" or 5.25" drive
PostedMarch 5, 2012
I have paired this product with the newtech silicon sleeve and use this on a daily basis as an extra timemachine backup drive which I can put away in a safe. I have also used it to recover data from friends/family crashed hard drives. Great quality, comes with all the necessary adapters and dongles you'd ever need and, it is USB 3.0 capable. For the price, you can't beat this little gem.
Review 13 for NewerTech Universal Drive Adapter USB 3.0 - connects any 2.5", 3.5" or 5.25" drive
Works as described, but manual missed a major step
PostedDecember 30, 2011
Instructions were wrong. and tech support gave me the wrong solution. You are supposed to plug in the USB 2.0 cable to your computer, but my unit did not work. My first tech support told me to jump pins 5 and 6. It isn't easy finding jumpers but I finally bummed one from a friend only to find it didn't help. A second tech support call told me I had to plug both of the 2 usb ends of the cable to the computer...which was the solution. The printed manual for the unit made no mention of this procedure; my assumption was that you only used one of the 2 USB connections.