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USB 3.0 to 2.5” SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP – SATA to USB 3.0 Converter for SSD / HDD

Connect a 2.5in SATA hard drive to your computer using a portable cable with UASP Support

Product ID: USB3S2SAT3CB

  • Cable-style adapter
  • UASP Support (Attached SCSI Protocol Specification Revision 1.0)
  • Compatible with USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 (5Gbps/480Mbps/12Mbps)
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  • Compatible with SATA revision I/II/III (1.5/3.0/6.0 Gbps)
  • USB powered
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Overview

The USB3S2SAT3CB USB 3.0 to SATA adapter cable lets you connect a 2.5" SATA hard drive or solid state drive to your computer through an available USB port -- the easiest way to upgrade the hard drive in your laptop by adding an external SSD via USB 3.0.  

The cable supports UASP, allowing for transfer speeds up to 70% faster than conventional USB 3.0, which enables you to utilize the full potential of your SATA III SSD/HDD, when paired with a UASP-enabled host controller. See our UASP testing results below for further details.

This portable adapter features a lightweight design with no external power required, for easy storage in a laptop bag or carrying case. Plus, the cable-style adapter makes it easy to swap between hard drives without having to install your drives into an enclosure. Perfect for easy drive access for data migration, drive cloning and data backup applications.

The USB3S2SAT3CB is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Connection Diagram

 

Improved Performance with UASP

UASP is supported in Windows 8, Mac OSX (10.8 or above), and Linux. In testing, UASP performs with a 70% faster read speed and 40% faster write speed over traditional USB 3.0 at peak performance.

UASP Speed Diagram

At the same peak in testing, UASP also shows an 80% reduction in required processor resources.

UASP Speed Diagram

Testing results were obtained using an Intel® Ivy Bridge system, a UASP-enabled StarTech.com Enclosure, and a SATA III solid state drive.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Maximum portability with cable-style adapter, and no external power adapter required
  • Time-saving file transfers, up to 70% faster than traditional USB 3.0 when used with a UASP-supported host

Applications

Take advantage of USB 3.0-enabled laptops or desktops with UASP for faster transfer speeds

Create an external storage solution on the go, for desktops, laptops or Ultrabook™ computers

Access any 2.5" hard drive or solid state drive from any USB enabled computer, for data migration or drive cloning

Back up important data to an external storage device

Retrieve data from an old SATA drive

Use with an SSD drive to externally upgrade your laptop hard drive via USB 3.0

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type USB 3.0
Chipset ID ASMedia - ASM1153E
Compatible Drive Types SATA
Drive Size 2.5in
Fan(s) No
Interface USB 3.0
Number of Drives 1
Performance
4Kn Support Yes
General Specifications Max power of the attached drive is 900 mA
Max Drive Capacity Currently tested with up to 2TB 5900 RPM hard drives
TRIM Support No
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
SATA III (6 Gbps)
UASP Support Yes
Connector(s)
Drive Connectors 1 - SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin) Receptacle
1 - SATA Power (15 pin)
Host Connectors 1 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 Male
Software
OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
Special Notes / Requirements
Note Cable will work only with 2.5" SATA drives
3.5"/5.25" drives are not supported
Power
Power Source USB-Powered
Environmental
Humidity 40%-85%RH
Operating Temperature 0°C to 60°C (32°F to 140°F)
Storage Temperature -10°C to 70°C (14°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Product Height 0.4 in [9 mm]
Product Length 19.7 in [500 mm]
Product Weight 1.4 oz [41 g]
Product Width 1.9 in [49 mm]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 2.2 oz [61 g]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - USB 3.0 to SATA 2.5" HDD Adapter Cable
1 - Instruction Manual
Supports any operating system.
No additional drivers or software required.

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Product Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

The hard drive adapter requires power from your system's USB port. Although you can plug in any standard SATA drive, USB ports only supply a limited amount of power and are not able to power all of the SATA drives plugged into the cable.

As a general rule, the hard drive adapter only supports 2.5 in. hard drives (HDD) and solid state drives (SSD). 3.5 in. drives typically require a 12V power connection, which is not provided by the USB port or the hard drive adapter.

The power capabilities of the USB port combined with the power requirements of the attached drive will determine if the hard drive adapter will work in your setup. The power (in mA) supplied by the USB port must be greater than the requirements of the drive.

If you are using a USB 2.0 port, your port will only be able to supply a maximum of 500 mA (0.5 A). If you are using a USB 3.0 port, your port will be able to supply a maximum of 900 mA (0.9 A).

You can usually find the power requirements of your drive in the technical specifications on the label of the drive or on the manufacturer's website.

This device does not support the ATA Packet Interface (ATAPI) protocol. ATAPI is required for optical drives, including CD-ROM drives, DVD-ROM drives, and Blu-ray players. Because this device does not support ATAPI, optical drives are also not supported over any IDE, SATA, or eSATA connections.

For a list of products that do support ATAPI, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/hard_drive_controllers_atapi_support.

Troubleshooting

If the USB device does not work after your computer has been in extended hibernation, it is likely that Windows has automatically turned off the USB Root hub to save power. 

The steps below outline how to configure the USB root hub to stay on during hibernation, to prevent this from happening.
 

Windows 10 / 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows XP

  1. On your desktop, right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers by clicking the arrow to the left of it.
  4. Right-click the first USB Root Hub device and select Properties.
  5. Click the Power Management tab.
  6. Clear the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  7. Click OK to apply the setting.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for any remaining devices in the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section with “Root Hub” in the name.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

USB 3.0 to 2.5” SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP – SATA to USB 3.0 Converter for SSD / HDD

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(1 star) Possible design defect

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While current requirements of drive are met by USB3 port, cable still did not work even with multiple computers.
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Brian, Customer Support
Thanks for sharing your feedback with us. We're very sorry to hear our USB to SATA adapter didn't work as expected and we'd like to help. We would like to know a bit more about what devices you used and look into the issue further. We have 24 hour Technical Support available from Monday to Friday. You can call us toll-free at 1-800-265-1844 or chat live with us at StarTech.com/Chat.

(5 stars) Charming

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This is a product that is good value. I am a rookie and it was my first attempt at changing my HD’s to ssd. Worked like a charm and is not hard to use.
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(5 stars) Works well and part of my toolkit!

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The USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive adapter cable w/UASP - SATA to USB 3.0 Converter for SSD / HDD works with my Windows laptop but it seemed like I needed a USB 3.0 port to provide enough power because when plugged into a USB 2.0 it would not light up. No special software or drivers required - the hard drive showed up as another drive when I looked at My Computer. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(5 stars) It just works

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Plugged into Windows, Linux, and Macbook. On the Macbook I went through a USB-C to USB-A hub, and got full speed. Tried on an older Lenovo laptop (USB2.0) and the port didn't provide enough power. The cable is sturdy without being too stiff, and is "just right" as to length (in my opinion). Cable-to-connector junctions are solid and reinforced with extra plastic (almost like an RJ-45 boot). The drive-side connector is really beefed up, compared to some of the other USB-to-SATA adapters I've tried. So I think this one would last much longer than they did. No drivers, no extras, nothing else needed. It just works, and at full speed. Definitely going in the "repair bag". I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(5 stars) Handy Cable for Hard drive

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Love this product. I have found this to be an extremely handy adapter/cable to have around. I find I am always hooking up different drives with my work in IT and I find that this is small and easy to take with me. The product works fantastic and I have had no issues at all. I would highly recommend this adapter. I received this product in exchanged for an Unbiased review.
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(4 stars) A must have Hard Drive Adapter

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The Hard Drive Adapter has replaced the need for much larger equipment and is more portable and easier to use for single drive data transfer. The quality cable and connections will last for years to come. “I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.”
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(5 stars) Quick and Simple

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I have tested this SATA to USB cable using several different SATA disks including regular 2.5" spinning disks and 2.5" SSD disks. The cable comes in zip lock bag with a little instruction book. The cable is very strong feeling and has a good amount of flex. The cable is long enough that I can connect it to a USB port on the bottom of my normal size PC tower and have the other end with the drive sit on top of the tower. The SATA end of the cable has 4 tiny pin holes in it which on close inspections with a drive connected, one of them has an LED in it. The LED stays lit to indicate that it is working and then flashes for disk activity. When connected, the computer detected the cable and attached drive very quickly. Transferring data to the drive was very quick and consistent in speed throughout the process. I have confirmed that this cable only works with 2.5" drives as the product describes. I guess USB just doesn't have enough power for full size 3.5" drives, which isn't a flaw of the product but larger hard drives. Great simple cable to get data from 2.5" drives. Instant portable hard drive cable or help in recovery of files laptop/SSD hard drives. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(5 stars) Sata Data Cable

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This cable is super simple to use and provides a great way to connect a failing hard drive via USB to another computer to salvage the data. Just plug it in and it works.
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(1 star) Worked 4 times then died

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I used this to back up my operating system onto an external HDD which it did rather quickly. I used it a couple more times to back up other programs with no problems, the HDD was recognized as soon as I plugged the cable in. Of course today I need to get software off the backup drive and the cable is dead, the HDD is fine. Won't buy again.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Malcolm, Customer Support
Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. We apologize our USB3S2SAT3CB stopped working with your hard drive, and want to help. Are you testing the cable and drive on the same computer and operating system as you were previously when it worked? Sometimes switching to a USB 2.0 port, or between Mac OS and Windows can cause issues. The adapter cable has a 2 year warranty and free lifetime technical support. Please chat with us at https://chat.startech.com so can troubleshoot and potentially help you get the cable replaced if needed.

(2 stars) Not what I expected

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Just got my cable, seems to work with some 2.5" HDD's and not others. Particularly IBM 500GB 7200RPM 2.5" drives. Tried on 2 Lenovo laptops, t400 and t440, and macbook air. IBM FRU 1P42D0752. All drives work with BYTEC drive mate with power supply. Also the cable is only 9" long making it awkward to hookup and use. No usb 3.0 or data indicators. Also I can't boot off known good drives with this cable. I am able to transfer files with the drives that do connect to the laptop
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Response from StarTech.com:
Malcolm, Customer Support
Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. We want to apologize that our USB3S2SAT3CB did not work as needed. While this should work with virtually all 2.5" drives, some 2.5" drives can draw more power than the USB port is able to provide. This may explain why some drives work with the other AC-powered cable, but not with our USB-powered one. Our USB3SSATAIDE may be a better option for you here: https://www.startech.com/USB3SSATAIDE If you would like to discuss this situation in greater detail, please reach out to us at: https://www.startech.com/support

(1 star) Worked twice

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Work the first 2 times I used it. Now it wont work at all on a PC or MAC. The cable has never been bent or abused. Very disappointing.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Malcolm, Customer Support
Thanks for sharing your feedback on the USB to SATA cable. We're sorry to hear about the issue with it no longer working. Have you been able to test with a second hard drive as well? If so, it sounds like the cable has simply failed. It has a 2 year warranty and free lifetime technical support, and we would be happy to replace it for you. Please chat with us at https://chat.startech.com so that we can start that process.

(1 star)

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Doesn't work with any of my 2.5 sata drives. So, unfortunately I won't be buying any more of your products. No need to contact me about it, it went to the trash.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Brian , Customer Support
Hi, Thanks for sharing your feedback. We're really sorry this adapter cable didn't work for you. It's possible you received a faulty unit as this adapter cable works with the vast majority of 2.5 inch drives. Please keep in mind we have Technical Support Advisors ready 24 hours, 5 days a week, should you encounter any problems. Thank you,

(1 star) Died after 1 use

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Worked great, *once*. Now isn't visible when plugged into multiple different computers. Still powers on 2.5" laptop drives and various SSDs, but none can be used. Other similar adapters work on all tested drives without any issues. Ironically this adapter was more expensive and I bought it because I have been happy with Startech quality in the past.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Brian, Customer Support
Thank you for sharing your review of our USB3S2SAT3CB. We're very the cable failed. This is a very popular adapter cable and our failure rates is very low. We would be more than happy to replace it for you. Please reach out to us by clicking Support in the grey bar at the top of our website. Thank you,
Response from StarTech.com:
Brian, Customer Support
Thank you for sharing your review of our USB3S2SAT3CB. We're very the cable failed. This is a very popular adapter cable and our failure rates are very low. We would be more than happy to replace it for you. Please reach out to us by clicking Support in the grey bar at the top of our website. Thank you,

(1 star) Not working

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We bought 2 of these cables and none seems to work. This product should be plug and play however some Windows will detect the cable but the hard driver doesn't even power up.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Barry, Customer Support
Hello, Thanks for letting us know you have run into issues using this cable adapter. What are the types of hard drives you are using? Keep in mind, this product is only designed to work with 2.5" drives. The power requirements for a 3.5" hard drive are greater than that of a USB port and therefore will not function when connected to the USB3S2SAT3CB. Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss further. Thank you

(5 stars) As advertised

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Quick and efficient ordering. Product as described.
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(3 stars) Works well with SSD, but not with 2,5 HDD

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I bought it to copy my whole computer to a SSD and worked fine, but I tried to use the old one as external USB and I'm not able to format it, it says "non initilized drive", and shows error when trying to initialize.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Barry, Customer Support
Hello, Thanks for letting us know about this. What is the make and model of the 2.5" HDD you are using with the adapter? This adapter should work with any properly functioning 2.5" SATA HDD or SSD. Note, that it will not work with 3.5" HDDs. If you haven't yet, you may want to get in touch with our support team to discuss this further. Thanks,

(4 stars) Compact and effective

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This does the same job as much of the ageing clutter of much larger hardware that I have lying around. Just right for spare 2.5-inch drives. One small quibble, no indicator light.
Quality of Product (4/5)
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By: elpiotr
there is of course indicator light ... look at the sata connector, there are two small holes one light blue when on usb3 (off if on usb2) the other light red to indicate access to attached drive
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(5 stars) Works great for its purpose

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I picked up this USB 3.0 to 2.5" sata HDD/SSD cable as I wanted something small and portable as I didn't want to carry around my Star-Tech HDD dock. I got this cable at a great price and I've been satisfied with the performance and quality. Great unit.
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(5 stars) Better than expected

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I bought this product about 2/3 weeks ago for my old Internal Sata HDD that I removed from and old PC. Instead of smashing it up I decided to buy this cable and turn it into an external storage device (after formatting). I must say for the price it is spot on, the build quality is great, it comes nicely packaged and I did a speed test with my brothers regular External HDD and the difference was noticable. I really like this product and I would definitely recommend/buy another product. No problems to date, happy customer! Thanks StarTech!
Quality of Product (5/5)
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