Adapter for Pata/Sata drives


I'm looking for a good adapter for Pata/Sata drives, so I'd be able to connect HD's to my pc via USB for backing up those disks. Please give me your advice.

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jvuzAuthor Commented:
It's meant to connect different HD's. I work in a support team, where we need to backup, imaging and cloning disks from time to time. But I need something solid, that is not bad for those disks.
jvuzAuthor Commented:
Do you use some from the url's you posted? I want too know your experience with it.
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B HCommented:
the first link i posted is perfect for that, i use it all the time
B HCommented:
oh - sometimes i have problems with a sata drive thru the adapter if i use the front usb port on the computer, but haven't had a problem with the rear ports

there are adapters that do 3 things:  sata/pata and laptop pata (which doesnt require power)
B HCommented:
you said connect to your computer - if you mean to clone from one disk to another disk, you would need 2 adapters, or to put one internal as a slave.

they do make devices that you can plug 2 drives into and it will clone from one to another, without the need for a computer, is that what you mean?
jvuzAuthor Commented:
For cloning I use the PC/Notebook that needs cloning, so 1 adapter is fine.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
NewEgg currently has an APRICORN ADW-USB-KIT IDE/PATA/SATA to USB HDD Adapter for $39 - $10 rebate...$20 with the rebate...Following is pasted from the NewEgg site directly...
" Easily clone your hard drive with the DriveWire adapter from Apricorn. This USB adapter works with 2.5" and 3.5" PATA/SATA drives. All you have to do is plug everything in then boot from the CD and the software will automatically do the rest. Once it's done copying then all you have to do is switch drives and you're all set.  "
 Check it out at:
Additionally if you also need a USB 2.0 Adapter to support more external drives. I can personally recomend the Adaptec P/N 2033200 S/N BF0A505276P , it has 4 additional USB 2.0 ports.
Actually, you can buy these adapters for almost next to nothing on EBay -- search for bidirectional PATA SATA adapter.  They all seem to work fine for HARD disk drives.  Many do NOT work for CD and DVD drives, however, because the Asians never tested them for ATAPI compatibility, which is the CD-DVD protocol.  If you need them only for HDDs then you can get any one from hong kong for about $3 w. ship!!
For the Sata look at this

Hard Drive Docking Station
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