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Topic # 57811 25-Feb-2010 14:10
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i was wondering if anyone is using these adapters , my friend bought a cheap $25 one and it had intermittent problems related to hw detection. i want to mainly use this to explore drives when they fail to bootup. can anyone suggest me a particular one?

much appreciated.

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  Reply # 302102 25-Feb-2010 14:22
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Ive got one I purchased a few years extremely well. Think mine came from IT Products (who have been bought out by someone... Dove Electronics ?)

I did buy one from TradeMe as well and had issues with it so got a refund.

Some power 2.5" drives straight off but some (like mine) require an extra little connector to provide power.... and like a plonker Ive lost it so cant always use it for 2.5" drives. - approx $40

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  Reply # 302105 25-Feb-2010 14:28
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The intermittent drive issues can often be an indicator of not enough juice - especially on drives that can run on 500mA but need more current for spin-up. Depending on the adaptor, you may be able to find a 'Y' USB cable that has two Male-A connectors to plug into the computer, one for data+power, the second only for power, to grab up to 1A.

If it was cheap, I'd recommend investing in a more expensive one that has some sort of additional power input (whether by USB "Y" Cable or external adaptor).


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  Reply # 302147 25-Feb-2010 15:38
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Jaycar have them.

This one: $60 - works with 3.5" drives and with one of these: $30 allows you to connect IDE 3.5" drives.

I bought one of these $72, which caters for both SATA and IDE, 2.5" and 3.5". Looks pretty similar to xpd's link above though.

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