> I got a nice unit at Maplin here in Limerick.
>> Basically just a USB cable with an adapter head which can go SATA/
> PATA/(2.5" and 3.5") [IDE] with power supply.
>> Not the prettiest (just a bunch of cabels all seperable) - but does
> a proper job. Great for testing drives without having to remove
> them from the enclosure.
>> The official stock name is: 'USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Combo Adapter'
>> The name is misleading - it has the PATA connections as well.
Thanks for the tip! That looks like it will do the job.
I've used BlackBox kit before and liked the build quality
and doc; checking around, this unit is well-built and the
manual seems Ok. Hence, I've just ordered one.
As an aside, this unit apparently uses the JMicron 20337
chip, which has a bug that can cause data corruption on
some reads. HOWEVER, Linux v2.6.28 and later has a
work-around for the problem (commit 3030ca4cf4abbdd2dd8,
“USB: storage: Avoid I/O errors when issuing SCSI ioctls
to JMicron USB/ATA bridge”).
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