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Chicky
05-05-2009, 08:52 PM
Okay I know it is not software but I think one of these would be so useful to have in my toolkit.
USB Drive Mate, plug it into your USB port and plug the HHD into the corresponding slot, works with IDE, SATA, laptop drives, ROMS
Would save me heaps of time slaving second drives etc. Wondering where I can get one of these from in NZ?
Has anyone used one of these and what did you think?

http://www.byteccusa.com/product/adapter/BT-300/BT-300.htm

SOHO-NZ
05-05-2009, 09:12 PM
http://www.anywarenz.co.nz/Browse/d2e033c8ee284bc4a622161a74af4943001ItemDetail.aspx

The supplier is a wholesaler, so you'll need an account with them to order.

I have the same as the photo in my link, and also one the same as the photo in your link. This one works just as well, but a couple of minor downsides.

1) the usb cable is permanently attached, and less than 1m long. The other one uses a mini USB A connectors, so you can add a longer cable if you like.

2) You need sata data & power adaapter cable cable to attach SATA HDD's.

Chicky
05-05-2009, 09:18 PM
And the supplier is not in NZ so by the time you add on exchange rate and posting it becomes an expensive piece of equipment to have.

Thanks for the link, I have looked at the one from Anyware and it seems okay but doesnt look like it supports laptop hard drives.

abe
05-06-2009, 12:00 AM
check out dealextreme for adapters, shipping is free but it takes sometime

SOHO-NZ
05-06-2009, 12:34 AM
And the supplier is not in NZ so by the time you add on exchange rate and posting it becomes an expensive piece of equipment to have.

Thanks for the link, I have looked at the one from Anyware and it seems okay but doesnt look like it supports laptop hard drives.

Ahem, the reason I replied is because Anyware ARE IN NZ (Auckland). And yes it does support laptop HDDs.

Methical
05-06-2009, 08:01 AM
You could always buy it from Ascent for $60

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=367520

My fellow NZ'ers, where are you situated?

SOHO-NZ
05-06-2009, 09:09 AM
You could always buy it from Ascent for $60


And pay retail prices! I don't do that nowadays.


My fellow NZ'ers, where are you situated?

Welly - it's in my sig and profile..

Methical
05-06-2009, 09:32 AM
Neither do I; unless its on the old mans credit card of course. My pockets aren't that deep.

It's hard enough to pay retail on food these days..

Jimmyb
05-06-2009, 11:47 AM
I have two of these, one for car one for bench. http://tiny.cc/tJ8hX

Should do what you are looking for. Yes does 2.5" also.

atlanticjim
05-06-2009, 12:11 PM
I use this one constantly.
Apricorn USB IDE SATA PATA adapter (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812161002&Tpk=usb%20ide%20adapter)
Even on clean ups (virus and malware removal). I pull the drive, attach it to my workshop desktop computer and run a series of scans, without booting. Prevents loading an reloading virus.

Had a client for data recovery, pulled the drive, hooked it to my "Shop Machine", disinfected it and then copied the desired data to a DVD. (fee $50) Client asked my why the original machine would not boot, I told him "I don't know, I never even plugged it in". I took the machine back, at his request for an evaluation ($50) and after I found power connector problems and touchpad problems, 528MB RAM, 60GB harddrive and a slow processor. I told him it was not worth refirbishing. I offered to wipe the sensitive data off the harddrive and dispose of it in an ecologically sensitive manner. He said ok.

I just added this last part since we talk about business practices all the time here. This is not padding the bill, this is doing the work requested and not more. Then offering additional services. When you take your car to the shop for a brake job, do they check the oil?

vtrepair
05-06-2009, 04:13 PM
I like the looks of that Apricorn model. I have been using the Bytecc usb 2 drive mate. Have had 3 of them, the newest one I purchased has very short connectors for plugging in the drives. The laptop hard drive ide connector is so short that drives barely attach. Next time I will try the Apricorn for sure.

Chicky
05-06-2009, 10:42 PM
Im from the Sunny Hawkes Bay, beautiful weather here as always.

Thanks for the link, looks like what I want

atlanticjim
05-07-2009, 11:17 AM
I'm glad I could help. That is one piece of equipment that I am always glad I have. Comes with some very sweet software for cloning/upgrade as well. A hard drive upgrade / clone I can set up in minutes. .run overnight and put it back together in minutes.