Looks a bit neater than the one I got in Peats.
The adapter worked beautifully. It has connections for PATA, SATA and
one other which I think is the little version of PATA that is on laptops.
BUT the power supply went "pfft" while I was copying a PATA hard drive
to my new computer (which only does SATA). Computer shut down, power
supply had a little melted spot. Luckily the computer was still OK after
I powered it up again, so I just used the computer's PSU to power the
drive, and the data got copied over like a charm. When I eventually got
back to Peats, the nice chap there replaced the power supply, all good
Eventually I had occasion to to back up another hard drive. This time
the drive just stopped when I went away for coffee. No voltages on the
+5V or +12V terminals on the molex connector. There is no visible sign
of damage on the PSU this time, but no life from the hard drive either.
Maybe I was just unlucky, or maybe the HD was faulty, but I don't think
I want another replacement. I do want to keep the adapter, it's very
handy, but I'll be using a different PSU in future.
On 28/02/12 15:47, Michael Jonker wrote:
> Here is a picture:
>>http://www.provantage.com/black-box-ic661a~7BBOX1XP.htm>> On 28/02/12 15:39, Michael Jonker wrote:
>> 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.
>>>> I had to insist to Maplin that they had the thing (because a friend
>> of mine had got one previous). After they checked their system they
>> found it.
>>>>>>>> On 28/02/12 14:13, Brian Foster wrote:
>>>>>> The primary PATA/IDE (not SATA) in my dead computer
>>> is known to still be Ok, and also known to have not
>>> been recently backed-up.... ;-( Hence, I am keen
>>> to be able to access it from my new (and undecided)
>>> machine, which will almost certainly be using SATA
>>> rather than PATA (mostly since PATA is obsolete?).
>>>>>> An external enclosure (or docking station?), probably
>>> connected by USB, seems like a plausible solution.
>>> Any recommendations on such a unit, and/or from whom
>>> to buy (Irish, French, or at least EU)? Must work
>>> with Linux, albeit I rather doubt that's much of an
>>>>>> I must double-check, but think it's a 3.5" (not 2.5")
>>> drive (250GB).
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