How to Make a SATA to USB Connector

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SATA hard drives use a seven-pin cable to transfer data to and from the motherboard.

A Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) cable connects an internal hard disk drive to a motherboard and power supply. The Universal Serial Bus (USB) provides for peripheral and external connections such as mice, keyboards or storage devices. Attaching a hard drive to a USB converter allows you to make your own SATA-to-USB connector. Converting a SATA hard drive to USB permits the external connection of a hard drive to any computer supporting USB 2.0.


Step 1

Install any software included with the converter before attaching the device to your computer. Put on an antistatic wrist strap to protect the SATA hard disk from electrostatic discharge.

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Step 2

Find the seven-pin slot located on the converter. Insert one end of the SATA data cable into the slot.


Step 3

Remove the SATA hard disk from its antistatic bag. Insert the other end of the seven-pin SATA data cable into the SATA device.

Step 4

Plug the 15-pin SATA power cable attached to the alternating current (AC) adapter into the 15-pin slot located next to the hard drive's data cable.



Step 5

Connect the the USB cable from the converter to the USB port on the laptop or desktop computer.

Step 6

Plug the three-slot connector at the end of the power cord into the AC adapter's three-prong connector. Plug the power cord into an outlet to power the SATA-to-USB connector.

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