SATA & USB Caddy for SATA disk ?

mark.carline

Novice Member
I have a 250Gb SATA drive and wondered if theres such a thing as a partable caddy that I can use that has both a USB 2.0 interface and also a external SATA interface on it ?

Just that my motherboard has a external SATA (ESATA) port on the back and I would sooner use that than the USB 2.0 port

Any ideas ?
 

mark.carline

Novice Member
Update - I managed to find what I was after but they are a US supplier - P+P is a bit much !

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SATA-to-e-SATA-II-eSATA-USB2-0-3-5-Hard-Drive-Enclosure_W0QQitemZ150018856934QQihZ005QQcategoryZ41911QQssPageNameZWD2VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

EDIT: Found a UK supplier for one but not sure if they are any good -

http://www.span.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=19_1302_1325&products_id=6845

I found another one but this one only looks like its a SATA and not SATAII as I have a 3gbs drive:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Eye-T-USB-2-0-SATA-Enclosure-for-3-5-SATA-Drives_W0QQitemZ160016112916QQihZ006QQcategoryZ96894QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
 

mark.carline

Novice Member

KelvinS1965

Distinguished Member
Hi,

You might as well use a SATA 150 box, because the 3Gb/s connection speed is theoretical. In practice the drive itself will be the limiting factor, so you probably won't be anywhere near exceeding 1.5Gb/s anyway. I don't think there is a commercially available drive that fast yet.
 

mark.carline

Novice Member
KelvinS1965 said:
Hi,

You might as well use a SATA 150 box, because the 3Gb/s connection speed is theoretical. In practice the drive itself will be the limiting factor, so you probably won't be anywhere near exceeding 1.5Gb/s anyway. I don't think there is a commercially available drive that fast yet.
You mean that theres not a drive available that takes advantage of the 3.0gbs yet ?

There are loads of 3.0gbs drives available now - See this thred:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=380123
 

KelvinS1965

Distinguished Member
mark.carline said:
You mean that theres not a drive available that takes advantage of the 3.0gbs yet ?

There are loads of 3.0gbs drives available now - See this thred:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=380123
The 3.0gbs part relates to the connection, that is its maximum possible theoretical speed.

One of the fastest SATAII drives is a Western Digital Raptor @10,000rpm and even this cant sustain more than 84Mb/sec according to WD's website. The original SATA interface can handle up to 150Mb/sec, so at the moment this is plenty fast enough for what you had in mind regarding the external box.

Hope this helps:)
 

mjn

Distinguished Member
Icybox.
 

mark.carline

Novice Member

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