USB 3.1 (10Gbps) Adapter Cable for 2.5” SATA Drives - USB-C

Get ultra-fast access to data by connecting a 2.5" SATA SSD/HDD to your laptop’s USB-C port

Product ID: USB31CSAT3CB

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  • Quick and easy external drive access through the USB-C port on your laptop
  • Connects directly to a 2.5” SATA SSD/HDD with no accessories required
  • Ultra-portable, powered directly from the USB port
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Take advantage of the USB-C™ port on the latest MacBook, Chromebook Pixel™ or other laptop to get quick access to your external drive. This cable-style adapter lets you use the USB Type-C™ port to connect your laptop directly to a 2.5” solid-state drive or hard drive, and access it through ultra-fast USB 3.1 Gen. 2 (10Gbps). It’s fast and easy to connect to your SATA drives, with no additional accessories required.

USB powered for easy portability, the cable-style adapter connects to your laptop's USB-C port letting you access files on a 2.5 inch SSD or HDD.

Ultra-portable with no external power required

You can quickly access your valuable data, wherever you go, using this cable-style adapter. It’s USB powered, so there’s no external adapter required, and features a compact, lightweight design that you can easily tuck into your laptop bag or carrying case.

Convenient drive access

The adapter cable lets you quickly swap HDDs or SSDs without having to install your drives into an enclosure. You can copy or retrieve data from a 2.5" SSD or HDD quickly. It gives you easy access to your drive for data migration, drive cloning and data backup applications, with the fast performance of USB 3.1 Gen 2.

Connect easily, with USB-C

The integrated, easy-to-use USB Type-C connector is small and reversible, which makes for easier insertions. You can connect the plug with either side facing up, which means less risk of damaging your ports, and less frustration.

Harness the speed of USB 3.1 Gen 2

USB File Transfer Rates diagram shows USB 3.1 Gen 2 at 10 Gbps is twice the speed of USB 3.0  at 5 Gbps

USB 3.1 Gen 2 gives you greater bandwidth and speed with file transfer rates of up to 10 Gbps - twice the speed of USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) technology. It lets you leverage the high performance of the latest SSDs and hard drives, while alleviating bottlenecks in your data transfers.

The USB31CSAT3CB is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Mobile technicians who need a quick and easy way to access the data on 2.5” hard drives or solid-state drives
  • Access any 2.5" hard drive or solid-state drive from your USB-C enabled computer, for data migration or drive cloning
  • Retrieve data from an old SATA drive

Partner Numbers

  • Exertis 0010056415
  • Ingram Micro UK V933530
  • CMS Distribution V209448
  • UPC 065030863032

Compatibility

  • OS Independent logo
OS independent; No software or drivers required

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) 1 - Drive Connectors SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin)
1 - Host Connectors USB Type-C (24 pin) USB 3.1 (10Gbps)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 70°C (32°F to 158°F)
Storage Temperature -10°C to 55°C (14°F to 131°F)
Humidity 40% ~ 50% RH
Hardware Interface USB 3.1 Gen 2
Bus Type USB 3.1 Gen 2
Number of Drives 1
Drive Size 2.5in
Compatible Drive Types SATA
Number of 2.5 inch bays 1
Chipset ID ASMedia - ASM1351
Packaging Information Shipping (Package) Weight 41 g [1,4 oz]
Package Length 22 cm [8,7 in]
Package Width 19,5 cm [7,7 in]
Package Height 5 mm [0,2 in]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 10 Gbps
Type and Rate USB 3.1 Gen 2 - 10 Gbit/s
UASP Support Yes
4Kn Support Yes
TRIM Support Yes
Hardware Raid Supported No
Max Drive Capacity Currently tested with hard drives up to 2TB at 7200 RPM
Hot Swap Capability Yes
MTBF 1,665,032 hours
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 292 g [10,3 oz]
Color Black
Material Plastic
Product Length 50,8 cm [20,0 in]
Product Width 43 mm [1,7 in]
Product Height 5 mm [0,2 in]
Software OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
Special Notes / Requirements Note Windows 7 and earlier Windows versions do not support TRIM with USB to SATA devices.
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package USB 3.1 to SATA 2.5" HDD adapter cable with USB-C
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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

You should not upgrade your device's firmware if you do not have any issues with the functionality of your device. The only time you should consider an upgrade is if you are experiencing a problem with the device, and you have confirmed that the firmware addresses this problem.  You can confirm this is the case by reviewing the documentation included with the firmware or by consulting with our Technical Support team. Incorrectly upgrading firmware can result in diminished performance so it is best to contact StarTech.com if you would like to perform this operation.

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.

Yes, this device supports the TRIM command. If the OS issues a TRIM command, the command will be passed to the connected device.

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.

USB 3.1 is the most recent version of the USB (Universal Serial Bus) standard for connecting computers and electronic devices. It is capable of data transfer speeds up to 10Gbps, and while it can use the USB-C connector type, it can also use a variety of other connector types. To achieve USB 3.1 transfer speeds, your USB host connection, cables, and device must all support USB 3.1. USB 3.1 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps). 

USB 3.0 is capable of data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps. USB 3.0 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps).

USB 3.1 is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, except in the following scenarios:

  • USB-B 3.1 cables are not compatible with USB-B 2.0 ports.
  • Unless you use an adapter, USB-C ports or cables will not work with USB-A or USB-B ports or cables.
  • Devices that require USB 3.1 transfer speeds of 10Gbps might not work with USB 3.0 or USB 2.0, or you might experience lower transfer speeds and impacted performance.
  • Bus-powered USB devices that requires more power than what USB 2.0 can provide are not compatible with USB 2.0.

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USB-C is a type of USB connector that is capable of supporting the following:

  • Data transfer speeds up to 10Gbps, if you use USB 3.1.
  • Bi-directional power delivery up to 100W, if both the USB host connection and the device support it.
  • Alternate modes, which deliver different types of data at different speeds. For example, DisplayPort Alternate Mode (DP Alt Mode).

If using Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C, the connection is capable of additional features. For example, Thunderbolt 3 is capable of 40Gbps of total bandwidth. For more information, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/thunderbolt-3-port-capabilities.

Not all USB-C ports or devices are capable of supporting all of the features listed above, or all of the features at the maximum capabilities. If you require a specific USB-C feature, your USB host connection, cables, and device must all support the feature that you require. For more information about whether your components support specific USB-C features, refer to the information provided by the manufacturers. 

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  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
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Impressive adapter

By: Colby - 12/07/2019
I was looking for an alternative way to retrieve my old files from my old hard drive which had a bad sector, but I wanted to personally transfer the files I needed myself. Then, I stumbled on this product for the first time, read reviews till I decided to purchase this and I was not disappointed in fact, was more than happy that this adapter fit my checklist and solved my worries. It saved me lots of time and tons of run-ins just to get it done.
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Doesn't Connect

By: jbost19873 - 03/30/2020
Was told this was plug and play. I have a 2019 Mac, and it can't find the drive adapter anywhere. I'm connected to a WD 500 GB SATA SD from my Atomos Ninja 5. Was so looking forward to pulling 4k 10 bit footage from my Ninja, but this device doesn't get the job done.
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Matt, Customer Support on 01/04/2020 13:47:19
Thank you for sharing your review of our USB31CSAT3CB. We're sorry to hear about the difficulties you're experiencing with this adapter and we want to help get this working for you. As long as your drive is a standard 2.5" SATA SSD it should work with this adapter, although if your Atomos Ninja 5 camera saves the data in a non-standard format, your Mac may not be able to recognize the data on the drive. We see that we've already been in contact with you over email, but if you'd prefer quicker assistance, you can contact us for live support at www.startech.com/support where our Technical Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.
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