Handy when your internal hard drive fails, USB to SATA/IDE connects hard drives to your personal computers or anything that supports serial attachment. So you can backup the data from your SATA drive to any computer by connecting it with the usb port.
We have picked for you some of the best USB To SATA cables that you can buy right now. So have a look and let us know your favourite USB to SATA cable in the comments section below.
10. CableDeconn USB to SATA ($11.59)
This is simple plug and play. You insert one end in the USB port and the other in the serial port and you are up and running. No installations required. The cable transfers files at a rate of 10 Gigabits/second.
Works well with 2.5 inches hard drives and SSDs. There is a dim light on the connector which flashes when data is being transferred. The plug-in port might come loose if it is moved a little so care must be taken. A great option for small spaces and enclosures where it might be difficult to plug-in.
9. Cinolink®USB 2.0 to 2.5 Sata Converter Adapter Cable ($6.50)
Plug and play. Data transfers at a rate of 480Mb/s. The cable covering is made up of plastic. Cable length is 6.3 inches. There is a small LED that indicates the status of activity.
Works decently for the price you pay and great for data recovery purposes. It is a simple device that works well. Before sending your hard drives to recover for $, you might want to use this.
8. UNITEK USB 3.0 To SATA Converter Adapter Cable ($21.99)
No drivers needed to install. Supports Windows 2000 / XP / Server 2003 / Vista/win 7/win 8/ Mac OS 10.10. Transfers at a rate of 5Gbps. It is a very compact adapter. When both the cables are connected, it turns on automatically. Great for retrieving data from old personal computers or corrupted hard drive.
“High-speed encryption and decryption processing provides an even output without hindering the speed and performance of a standard HDD.” – Amazon customer review
7. Anker USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter Converter Cable ($9.99)
Transfers data at a rate of 3Gbps. Backwards compatible with older versions of USB. Very versatile since it supports everything from SATA HDD, SSD to CD – ROM, DVD – ROM etc. Compatible with windows and MAC. It will not recognise multiple SSDs. The adapter is tiny and easy to store. No speed/power issues. External power supply is specific to this item. Cable is sturdy and solid. Good quality for appropriate price.
6. Lumsing High Speed Adapter Cable USB to SATA ($8.99)
Plug and play. Transfers files at a rate of 10 Gigabits per second. The cables are very durable. No installations or drivers required and no external power needed. Great device which can be used to backup drives and SSDs. You will need windows 8 or higher to take advantage of it.
“ I’ve learned that in addition to speed, stability and data integrity are even more important. This SATA III adapter by Lumsing is among the more robust ones I’ve come across, in terms of speed and stability.” – Amazon customer review
5. Inateck USB to SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable ($9.99)
No additional power required. Compatible with SATA I/II/III. Comes with a light which indicates data transfer. You can access multiple HDDs at once. It also comes with a manual and CD with the driver. Supports drives with a capacity of up to 4TB. It comes with an ON/OFF switch for protecting HDDs. Supports most models of DVDs and CDs.
Times when it comes in handy:
-You need to get 1 file off of a drive occasionally (a drive which usually remains in storage)
-You operate a server which has 2.5″ drives and you need to troubleshoot drives
-You hate buying a new drive case every time you get a new drive
-You need to be able to quickly switch drives
-You want to minimize the space all or your drives take up in storage (does so by alleviating the need for cases)
-You have a SATA controlled component that you need to connect somewhere (since it has USB on the other end and this can be converted to virtually anything, you are home free.” – Amazon customer review
Can easily be attached and portable.
4. Anker USB to SATA Converter Adapter Cable ($21.99)
Plug and play. Supports Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10, Mac OS. Inexpensive with blazing fast speed. The USB connector does not lock into place which can be a nuisance. Great for IT specialists and hobbyists. Data and power connection for the hard drives are quite flimsy. Be sure to set this on a flat surface. Works great nonetheless.
3. Sabrent USB TO SATA Hard Drive Converter ($22.99)
Plug and play and no drivers needed. Compatible with older versions of USB 2.0, 2.1. Instructions needed are in the box though you can always consult user reviews.
“Its great for cases where a laptop gets destroyed, yet the hard drive is fine.” – Amazon customer review
2. Vantec SATA to USB Adapter ($14.99)
More than half of 2000+ people rated it 5 stars. The cables are reasonably lengthy. This provides an easy way to access hard drives without needing to install. You have to carry more parts hence a more complex connection. The data connectors are sturdy and compact.
This is a must have device for techies who want to switch between multiple drives.
1. StarTech USB SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable ($11.04)
Plug and play. The cable is thick and of good quality. Great for retrieving data from corrupted hard drives. It supports Fast switching from connecting one hard drive to another. This adapter supports SATA III mode for an SSD, which earlier models did not. Pretty fast data transfer rate.
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