USB-SATA-PATA dapters? I only mentioned one drive adapter? What about the Startech docking station? *confused*
*looks* Oh crap.... I linked the wrong page. Apologies. That 4th page is the wrong adapter. I meant to link you to this one. http://www.cooldrives.com/index.php/liedproseals.html
I'm reconsidering that adapter though. The Coolgear SS-128ASD sounds like its not as well made compared to that one, but its USB 3.0 so its a lot faster. If a failing hard drive decides to go while I'm making an image of it, I'll have gotten more off of it before that point. Especially with any SATA III drives I may have issues with later on in the future. Seems like the only people with serious complaints are too rough with it or don't know what they're doing.
I do have three concerns though.
A.) They won't work with an different older Maxtor drive I have, that has a power socket right up against the IDE socket. I'm guessing this issue be easily be solved with a simple male to female IDE cable, right?
B.) I just noticed my PATA drive says PATA 133... and most everything I see is ATA 100. The official page of this product doesn't mention 100 or 133, but some of their other products say only ATA 100 and don't mention 133. Can a 133 drive normally run on a ATA 100 connection? Or is this not a concern anymore with newer products?
C.) I also just noticed that the this adapter and others by Coolgear are only compatible with 20GB up to 4000GB drives. Some older drives I want to make an image of are 20GB or less. I don't see anything like that written on the Startech product description on the official page or on Newegg. Does it have to do with USB 3.0? O\or are older drives just not compatible with the chips that are compatible with the newer IDE drives?
If its incredibly difficult to find anything that will work externally with IDE drives under 20GB and it will work with my Maxtor PATA 133 drive, then I'll go ahead and get the Coolgear SS-128ASD I just mentioned. Seems like a good product, and its USB 3.0 so it will be useful for any other future problems.
If its just that product line that isn't compatible with drives under 20GB and the Startech is compatible with them, I'll go with the Startech instead. It looks like connection wise its compatible with my old old Maxtor drive with the IDE / power connectors side by side, and its compatible with 2.5 IDE drives. But it could be a pain in the ass if I'm worried a drive could fail at any second and that USB 2.0 is just taking its sweet time.
I don't understand this 20GB limit thing. Can someone explain with this is about? I can't find out if the Startech has this issue, and this problem is the deciding factor right now between these two products. I'm starting to get nervous about that Startech too.Edited by Drahadis - 3/25/14 at 1:32pm