NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter
Review - NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter
by , 9:00 AM EST, February 20th, 2007
Keeping spare empty drive cases around so you can access bare hard drives is kind of a pain: You have to install the drive before you can use it, and you need different cases for each drive connection type. If you are looking for a way to quickly access hard drives that doesn't require cases, NewerTech's USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter is just what you need.
The Universal Drive Adapter bypasses the need for extra hard drive cases by including an ATAPI/IDE connector for 3.5-inch hard drives and optical drives, an SATA connector, and an ATAPI connector for 2.5-inch laptop hard drives all on a single USB cable. It doesn't require any special drivers, and practically doesn't even need a manual.
3.5-inch and SATA drives require an external power source, so the adapter includes a power supply and plugs for each drive type. Since laptop hard drives are bus powered, they just plug in and work.
I did find, however, that the bare laptop drive I used for some of my tests couldn't get enough power from the built-in USB ports on a PowerBook G4 or an iBook G4. Connecting the adapter to a powered USB hub provided enough juice for the drive to spin up and mount on my Desktop, so if you plan on adding the Universal Drive Adapter to your tech support field kit, consider including a powered USB hub as well - for just in case.
Drives connected to your Mac via the adapter work as they should, and perform at normal USB 2.0 speeds. That means you should plan a little extra time if you are using the adapter to transfer large amounts of data to another drive.
The three plugs on the adapter head hold to drives securely, which is nice since it is intended for short-term use only. This is one place that NewerTech could have cut corners and justified sloppy work by noting the adapter is for temporary use. Instead, the plugs are all well designed and stay attached to drives just as they should.
If you plan on using the Universal Drive Adapter at your workbench or desk, it's fairly easy to keep the parts together. But if this is going into your field gear - a scenario I expect is fairly common with consultants and traveling tech support teams - a carrying pouch is necessary to avoid losing parts. Unfortunately, that's not included with the kit. NewerTech's carrying pouch is a US$4.95 add-on, and unless you already have a pouch big enough for all the parts, it's probably a good idea to buy one along with the adapter kit.
The Bottom Line
- Wed, 1:15 PM
- Apple Podcast Subscriptions – TMO Daily Observations 2021-04-21
- Wed, 1:06 PM
- One Man Shows How The App Store Has a Scam Problem
- Wed, 12:20 PM
- Apple Releases New Behind the Mac Videos Celebrating College Acceptances and Finneas
- Wed, 11:42 AM
- Rewatch Apple's 'Spring Loaded' Event
- Wed, 11:04 AM
- Apple Will Have To Tell Users How Long Smart Devices Will Receive Security Updates for Under New UK Law
- Wed, 10:26 AM
- VIOFO Launches 1080p Webcam + Microphone With Privacy Cover
- Wed, 9:35 AM
- Authoritarian Governments May Not Like Satellite Internet
- Wed, 9:25 AM
- Reflecting on Apple's 'Spring Loaded' Event on Daily Tech News Show
- Wed, 9:18 AM
- REvil Ransomware Crew Extorts Apple With Device Schematics
- Wed, 9:07 AM
- Car Consortium Brings Ultra Wideband to Digital Car Key Spec
- Wed, 9:07 AM
- iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini Available to Order in Purple From Friday
- Wed, 8:31 AM
- Digital Rights Group Calls on Congress to Abolish the App Store