This inexpensive adapter cable by Cables Unlimited is very useful to have around! Its primary purpose is for analyzing or retrieving data from computer hard drives when they have been removed from a computer.
Why would you remove a disk drive from a computer?
1. A computer might stop working because of a non-disk problem (such as a motherboard failure).
2. You might remove a drive to replace it with a faster or larger capacity drive.
3. You might remove a drive from a computer that you sell or give away, to ensure that none of your data is recovered by somebody else.
This adapter will work with desktop or notebook computer hard drives which have SATA or 40 pin IDE connections.
An AC to DC (2 Amp, 5 and 12 volts) power supply (to run the free-standing hard drive) is included with the multi-connector bridge. The adapter has three LEDs (IDE/SATA/USB) that indicate when data transfer is taking place. It is compatible with all modern versions of Windows and MAC OS 9.2 and above. There is no instruction manual, but it is easy and intuitive to use. There are also instructional videos for similar adapter cables on YouTube.
I had several drives from dead computers. I wasn't sure that I had retrieved all the useful files (mainly photos). It was very easy to connect the AC to DC power supply and IDE/SATA bridge to the hard drive and connect the USB connector to my laptop. I copied all files of interest from my old drives to my FreeAgent external drive, and used DoubleKiller to identify and remove duplicate files.
This adapter could also be used as part of a low-cost solution for attaching an optical drive to a netbook. Simply remove a CD or DVD drive from an old desktop computer and use the same process for attaching it via USB to the netbook.
This adapter cable is useful, cheap, and comes with a lifetime warranty. There are similar products on the market from other manufacturers available from Amazon. The attached video shows how easy it is to use.