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Some Hard Drives are harder to get to work because of the makeup of the adapter. contact while using the NewerTech Universal Drive Adapter USB Bare Drive Adapter. The manual could be more precise in showing how to use the adapter for different hard drives. If you are looking for a universal adapter to use as an external drive. This one will work.
This NewerTech Universal Drive Adapter USB Bare Drive Adapter is just what I have been needing. I have been using and working on computers since 1984. Throughout the years I have collected a number of hard drives through upgrades. This helps me to check the hard drive and to pull out important information etc. I live this Drive Adapter.
I used this to transfer my files from a MacBook solid state drive. The laptop no longer booted but this drive enabled me to preserve all my files. I am comfortable opening up a computer with a tiny screwdriver and disconnecting a hard drive. If you are not comfortable doing so this may no t be the right product for you.
Very versatile product that has been useful to me in several ways. As a diagnostic tool to determine if a hard drive is bad or if the controller in the machine is the culprit. Also has allowed me to wipe drives to NSA specs, outside of windows, so that they could be reused for other applications.
I work in information technology and on occasion, I need to use a tool like this to get data off drives. This is my third one. I was hoping that that this newer model would be improved from the original model I had, but it's very similar. The soldering inside of this one is very poor and amateurishly done. It's very blobby and appears to be poorly hand soldered. The original model I had also had poor solder, but only the connectors were hand soldered. This one has huge blobs of solder hanging off some of the surface mount resistors. These can come off and short out the traces. The SATA connector itself is barely soldered on. The pins are just sitting on the pads with the barest amount of solder between them. To compensate for the poor soldering, the USB cable has strips of hot glue globbed over the places where the wires from the USB cable are soldered. I may not be the best at soldering, but I can do better hand soldering with lead free solder. These are mostly good for only a few uses. With more frequent use, these things often fail or work unreliably. The older version I had used a power supply that had both 5V and 12V rails. This one only has a 12V rail. Instead, it's fed to a small box with a Techcode TD 1410 Buck converter and three electrolytic capacitors so that it can also supply 5V power. Inside the converter box, the soldering is equally bad. It's extremely blobby which is really the last thing you want in a circuit that delivers power, and my unit had actual loose balls of solder on the inside. If something shorts the wrong way and sends 12V to a 5V line, that is death to the connected drive which is the last thing you want if you are using this to recover data. The connectors that adapt the output of the adapter box to Molex and SATA power connectors are not something that should be used externally. They aren't rated to a large number of disconnects. Usually you only see this type of connectors with latching hooks inside of equipment to connect modules together semi-permanently. These are the type of connectors you disconnect to replace internal circuit boards if they fail once or twice in the life of a product, not something that should be exposed and disconnected or reconnected frequently. Because of this, I can't recommend this for serious use for anyone who needs to use it professionally. It may be fine for a home user who will use it once and leave it on a shelf, but if you are a professional, don't waste your time.