How to Use a USB 2.0 to Ide/Sata Adapter

By Sylvia Cini

Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) drives are gradually replacing Parallel ATA models. With fewer cables, increased connection length and the ability to disconnect and connect without restarting the computer (hot-swap), SATA drives are more user-friendly. These qualities also enable the average user to quickly recover data or utilize drives for external storage. Although kits are available for mounting drives, using USB adapter cables are an inexpensive solution for temporary connections.

Things You'll Need

  • SATA drive
  • Adapter (SATA to USB)
  • SATA power cable
  • Grounding wrist strap

SATA/USB cable

Step 1

Prepare your area. Hard drives are sensitive to static electricity, heat, dust and pressure. Work in an uncarpeted area on a flat, clean surface. Clear your workspace of any loose items.

Step 2

Ground yourself before working with any components. Ground yourself by wearing a grounding wrist strap. Install earth mats (grounding surfaces) if you will be working with sensitive electronics often. Do not sit in a rolling chair, stand with your feet on the ground.

Step 3

Turn on the computer. Hook the SATA drive to the SATA connector of your adapter cable.

Step 4

Attach the power cable to drive. If there is an On/Off Switch, turn it off. If your cable did not come with a SATA power cable use the power cord from a SATA desktop hard drive. (You will have to remove the case and unplug the hard drive to reach it.)

Step 5

Plug the A/C adapter directly into the wall or a surge protector. Set the On/Off switch to "On."

Step 6

Insert the USB plug into your computer. The SATA hard drive will be recognized automatically as a "removable drive." Windows 98 or earlier may require an upgrade to access the drive.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not force connections, this may damage your drive or adapter cable.