Review: Connect Old Disk Drives Using the Universal Drive Adapter

If you have old and naked disk drives that you want to access, all you’ll need is this one geeky gadget. This fancy looking thingamabob can connect a disk drive to your computer’s USB port without having to fool around with a tiresome enclosure.

Connect 2.5", 3.5", and 5.25" drives to a Mac or PC.

Disk drive enclosures and docks can be expensive, not to mention a chore to set up. The USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adaptor from Newer Technology connects disk drives to a Mac or a Windows PC with little hassle.

It calls itself the Swiss Army Knife of disk connectivity for “turning any bare drive into an external storage solution.” The Universal Drive Adapter connects 2.5-inch disks and 3.5-inch drives and can be used for drives of various formats including the commonly used IDE and SATA disk drives. the adapter then connects using a USB cable to your computer’s USB port. And it works with USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and USB 1.1.

Typical 2.5-inch disk drives can get power from your computer’s USB port. Larger 3.5-inch disks need to connect to a power source using the included power supply cable.

Non-geeks can use this, too.

Box includes:

  • Universal Drive Adapter
  • USB cable
  • Power supply
  • Serial ATA cable
  • IDE extension cable
  • Power supply cable
  • Power adapter cable for SATA and PATA
  • Illustrated manual

Box includes: Universal Drive Adapter, USB cable, SATA cable, IDE extension cable, power supply and power supply cable (not pictured), power adapter cable for SATA and PATA.

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