I've just take one of these out of my old laptop:
and I want to buy a connector to plug it into my desktop
but the connections on this
don't look right.
what am I not understanding here?
looks ok tome if you want to connect a sata drive to usb.
The drive is also sata.
Its only usb2 so don't expect it to be fast.
you're obviously luckier than me
I've bought less than 6 electrical items using eBay or similar (because of
adverse results of doing so)
wait several weeks for it not to arrive, complain, obtain refund
product arrives DOA. Complain, after some argy-bargy get refund
Product fails after 3 months, have lost receipt so don't get to complain
product fails after 15 months - to late to complain but still a shoddy
Christ, you must have bad luck! I opened my Ebay account in 2005 and
have made going on for 400 purchases since then - electronics, a
thermostatic rainfall shower plus cubicle and tray, toilet and
washbasin, lights, cable, satellite boxes, phones, lots of electrical
goods, DIY items, models and modelling items. I have only had two items
that needed to be returned - a wrongly described SKY+ remote and a dual
impeller shower pump that turned out to be seized. Both quickly
resolved. I have also had a couple of items that were wrong, but
replacements were sent out without requiring a return - a chromed brass
soap tray that was incorrectly supplied instead of a longer,
shampoo/sponge shelf version and a set of Mini ignition leads instead of
Was that from, say, China? I've waited 3 months before now, best result
2 weeks. Otherwise, pretty quick on the whole.
I didn't know you needed a receipt - in fact, I didn't know you get one.
Just the record of the transaction is enough, I'd have thought. Or did
you change account?
Yep, getting what you pay for has to be factored in. For some of the
high volume shifters, it might be worth asking, so as 'to not prejudice
future feedback' ;-)
I restrict my ebay buys (some 500) now to small things (like screws and
cables), and large things locally that I can see before I pay.
I've only bought half a dozen things from China and all but one arrived
on time. Yes the wait was long in some cases, but that had been
indicated in the item details before I bought.
The one item that was late was only by a few days and the service was
unbelievably good. I'd ordered LED GU10s to replace the bathroom CFLs
(3) and the kitchen CFLs (8) to get rid of the long delay to full
brightness. The seller contacted me to say that they were stuck in the
post due to a postal strike in London and offered to send another set
that they had in the UK by courier (at no extra cost), cancel the order
for a full refund or just wait. I was in no rush and said I'd wait. They
arrived a few days late and then I found that the seller had refunded
around a third of the cost as compensation for the delay!
I've always been totally happy with the items that I've ordered from
various Asian countries.
The only time I've complained was about an OBD2 bluetooth device with a
small software CD. The CD had a virus in an associated program
unconnected with the basic software, and the device had a dry joint
found when I opened it up to check which straps were in place (it was
for a Jeep, which had a weird configuration).
I got it working well, but sent a complaint just for their information.
They sent a very apologetic email and refunded half the cost.
I think you’ve been very unlucky although I grant you it reliability of
sellers may well vary across the different types of products being
purchased. Some things, like used mobile phones, probably attract a lot
more dodgy dealers.
Anyhow, there are so many things available astonishingly cheaply that just
aren’t easy to find anywhere else that I’m quite prepared for the odd less
than ideal product.
Last week I received a carburettor overhaul kit for my 15 year old
MacCulloch strimmer for next to no money. Sadly it didn’t include a rubber
non-return valve that I need but it turns out that these are also available
for next to nothing so I’m not fussed and I’m happy to wait for it to come
Is that view based on hearsay or experience? I’ve bought an awful lot of
small stuff via eBay over the years and I can’t imagine life without it. I
can count the number of times I had any issues on the fingers of one hand
and they’ve always been sorted amicably.
If you’d ordered before posting here you’d probably have it by now(if it
was in the uk). ;-)
That cable is a SATA/USB cable, not what you
would normally use to connect a hard drive
to a desktop. The desktop may well have
a SATA cable already if its not a geriatric.
That the drive at the top would normally be
plugged into a SATA cable in the desktop.
If the desktop is ancient there are other ways
to do it, but not worth spelling that out unless
you say it doesn't have any SATA cables in it.
Depends how you wish to make the connection. Normally I would use a sata
cable to connect the drive to a sata port on the mother board and make
sure there is a spare connector on the power supply. I would also need
additional bits of metal to mount the 2.5" drive in a 3.5" or 5" bay in
If you want to use USB I would try to use a USB 3 port on the desktop if
it has one.
Look for a HDD case or caddy.
Some require two USP ports to be able to supply enough power.
I use a couple of Startech SATDOCK25U
No case, so much easier to swap drives & they were about £5 each.
You basically have three options... one is a lead like that pictured
(although I would get the USB3 version - it will cost similar, and may
make a difference in a few cases (lots of mechanical 2.5" drives are
slow anyway, but for accessing SSDs the extra speed of USB3 can be
used). Its very portable and good for temporary access to a drive.
If you want a more robust option for access to the same drive
repeatedly, then a more conventional caddy is the way to go.
If you want flexibility for all kinds of drive, and need and easy way to
clone both 2.5 and 2.5" drives, then something like:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Is very good - it also have the external PSU so can spin up mechanical
3.5" drives, which the USB only adaptors often won't.
(note the drive clone operation, can't (on my older model unit anyway)
clone a drive to a smaller drive).
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