USB 3.0 Sata Desktop Adapter

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  1. mds1256 macrumors regular

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    Looking for a Desktop (with power) SATA adapter that is USB 3.0. I have a SATA SSH which I use to run virtual machines from, however the portable adapters seem to cause a freeze when running several VMs together, looking in to this problem it seems to be the power it is draining is too much for the USB 3 Port so I need a good adapter which allows for additional power to be added.

    I am in the UK.

    Thank you
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    What about an S-ATA to USB 3.0 dock? It accepts 3.5" and 2.5" HDDs and is powered?
     
  3. opinio macrumors 65816

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    I use this:

    http://www.thebookyard.com/product.php?products_id=3179

    It's USB3.0 plus FW and eSata.

    But there is also a specific USB3.0 only model only which is cheaper:

    http://www.thebookyard.com/product.php?products_id=5707

    It's a great device to have anyway in case someone gives you a raw drive.

    I bought mine from OWC in the US, but I have added the UK seller.

    EDIT: I just noticed the USB3.0 only model only supports SATAII while the quad interface supports SATA III. You will need SATAIII if you use an SSD. Check the NewerTech website to be sure.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    But only if one copies data between two S-ATA 6.0 Gbps (S-ATA III) SSDs will it be beneficial and only if one copies several dozens of GBs on a more than daily basis.
     
  5. opinio macrumors 65816

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    Yeah I know, but I was talking more about compatible drives, not transfer speeds. I agree with you, but the web pages suggest the compatible drives for the USB3.0 only version are only SATA I and II (not III). It could be a typo as I find it strange a SATA III drive is not accepted. At the very least the SATA III SSD/HDD should be backwards compatible with a SATA II device anyway.

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    It appears to be a typo on the Bookyard site. I checked Newertech and both the Q and S3 support SATA III.

    Quote for the specs on both:

    "Serial ATA 1.5G/3G/6G (SATA I/II/III) Drives of 2.5" and 3.5" types and up to 4.0TB."

    http://www.newertech.com/products/voyagerq.php

    So ignore my 'EDITs' above.
     
  6. mds1256 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi

    Thanks very much!

    Looks great and also gets good reviews too, just ordered the Voyager S3 from Amazon (as I have a £15 gift voucher to use) and will give it ago. Dont need the other ports so thought I would save the money.

    Thanks for your help.
     

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