USB 3.1 (10Gbps) Adapter Cable for 2.5" SATA Drives

Connect a 2.5" SATA SSD/HDD to your computer using this USB 3.1 Gen 2 ultra-portable cable

Product ID: USB312SAT3CB

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  • Get fast, temporary access to data with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) cable-style adapter
  • Connects to a 2.5” SATA SSD/HDD with no accessories required
  • Supports SATA I, II, III (up to 6 Gbps)
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Here’s a fast, easy way to access data on a 2.5" solid-state or hard drive. This cable-style adapter lets you connect your laptop or desktop computer directly to a solid-state drive and access it through ultra-fast USB 3.1 Gen. 2 (up to 10 Gbps).

This cable-style adapter (USB312SAT3CB) connects your laptop or computer directly to a 2.5 inch SSD or HDD for quick drive access over USB 3.1 Gen 2

Convenient drive access

With the adapter cable, you can quickly swap hard drives without having to install your drives into an enclosure. You can copy or retrieve data from a 2.5" SSD/HDD quickly with no additional accessories required. It gives you easy drive access for data migration, drive cloning and data backup applications, with the fast performance of USB 3.1 Gen 2.

Harness the speed of USB 3.1 Gen 2

USB 3.1 Gen 2 gives you greater bandwidth and speed with 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.

USB File Transfer Rates diagram shows USB 3.1 Gen 2 at 10 Gbps is twice the speed of USB 3.0  at5 Gbps

Ultra-portable with no external power required

This cable-style adapter features a compact, lightweight design that tucks easily into a laptop bag or carrying case. Use it wherever you go to access valuable data quickly - with no external power required.

The USB312SAT3CB is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Technicians who need a quick, easy way to access data on 2.5” hard drives
  • Access any 2.5" hard drive or solid-state drive from any USB enabled computer, for data migration or drive cloning
  • Take advantage of the faster speed of USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • Retrieve data from an old SATA drive
  • Back up important data to an external storage device

Partner Numbers

  • Tech Data 11814259
  • ASI 172799
  • D&H USB312SAT3CB
  • Ingram Micro USA 1N0113
  • SYNNEX US STA-USB312SAT3CB
  • UPC 065030861779

Compatibility

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

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) Drive Connectors 1 - SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin)
Host Connectors 1 - USB 3.1 USB Type-A (9 pin, Gen 2, 10 Gbps)
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 0.1 lb [0.1 kg]
Package Length 8.7 in [22 cm]
Package Width 7.8 in [19.8 cm]
Package Height 0.4 in [10 mm]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 10 Gbps
Type and Rate USB 3.1 Gen 2 - 10 Gbit/s
UASP 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 1.1 oz [30.5 g]
Color Black
Material Plastic
Product Length 20.3 in [51.5 cm]
Product Width 1.8 in [45 mm]
Product Height 0.3 in [0.8 cm]
Power Power Source USB-Powered
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 Included in Package 1 - USB 3.1 to SATA 2.5" HDD adapter cable
1 - quick start guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

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.

If your setup components support USB 3.1 but you are experiencing slower transfer speeds than you expected, consider the following:

  • A USB host connection with multiple USB 3.1 ports might not be able to support 10Gbps on each port simultaneously.
  • The type of port on a device does not determine whether the device is capable of USB 3.1 speeds. A USB-C port might not support USB 3.1 speeds, while USB-A and USB-B ports might support USB 3.1 speeds.
  • Any other devices that you include in your setup, such as an older hard drive in a USB 3.1 enclosure, might create a point of congestion and slow down transfer speeds.

To confirm the functionality of your USB host connection, its ports, and any other devices in your setup, refer to the information provided by the manufacturer.

Note: USB 3.1 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps). Devices that support USB 3.1 should have the USB 3.1 symbol on them. If the USB 3.1 symbol does not appear on your USB source or device, refer to the information provided by the manufacturer to confirm whether the USB source or device support USB 3.1.

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.

Before You Buy

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.

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.

To transfer data at speeds of 10Gbps, you need to confirm that the following components in your setup support USB 3.1:

  • The USB host connection
  • The USB cable
  • The USB device and any subcomponents (for example, a hard drive docking station and the hard drives in the docking station)

Note: USB 3.1 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps). Devices that support USB 3.1 should have the USB 3.1 symbol on them. If the USB 3.1 symbol does not appear on your USB source or device, refer to the information provided by the manufacturer to confirm whether the USB source or device support USB 3.1.

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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The included USB cable for this USB 3.1 Gen 2 device has been tested and verified to perform at USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds of 10Gbps.

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • 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.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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100 percent perfect

By: Richardhc - 11/09/2016
I have used this for about 6 months for cloning my hard drives. It works perfectly, much better than using an external SATA housing for the drive. Very well made, high quality, I just love it.
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Perfect Fit

By: Steve411 - 02/15/2018
Had a several 2.5" SATA laptop dismounted drives I needed to access. This Startech adapter worked perfectly.
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Awesome

By: Anton Kasatkin - 05/04/2019
I use this adapter often Stable work with SSD disk Heats up a little with long use, apparently it should
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sometimes

By: majornusins - 05/24/2019
got this a while ago worked for a few times then just stoned working hasnt worked in a while
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Sam, Customer Support on 5/31/2019 4:26:08 PM
We're sorry USB312SAT3CB stopped working for you. It's covered by a 2-year warranty with lifetime technical support, and we'd be happy to help get it working again or provide a replacement under warranty. Please reach out to our Technical Advisors at www.startech.com/support. We're available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, to provide support.
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Adapter gets very hot

By: jackie272 - 03/12/2020
I bought this adapter a few month back and I haven't been pleased. The adapter gets very hot and that heat transfers to my SSD. This has an impact on my SSDs ability to mount and access files. At this moment it's so hot that I can't navigate the directory tree for the drive and I'm forced to unplug it from the computer and let it cool off.
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Matt, Customer Support on 3/13/2020 10:17:15 AM
Product quality is very important to us and we're sorry to hear about the issues you're experiencing with our USB312SAT3CB. This adapter should not be getting hot and we'd like to speak with you to further investigate the problem as we take these reports very seriously. We've reached out at the email address provided so that we can look into this with you.
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a must-have for modern systems

By: DavidtheBorg - 05/04/2020
I have 2 now, they are indispensable, work excellently with my 1 tb ssds (Samsung 860EVO). yes, adapter gets a little hot, but nothing a little heat sink wouldn't help. use these for boot disks on my Mac, and they have worked perfectly. high-speed and UASP support were a must when I was looking for a replacement for my old SSD adapters.
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