NewerTech intros USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter

Newer Technology Inc. today introduced the NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter, a single-source solution to allow any 2.5″, 3.5″, or 5.25″ hard drive or optical drive mechanism with standard IDE/ATA/ATAPI 40 pin or any Serial-ATA interface to be plug-and-play accessible via USB.

Available for the introductory price of $24.95, the NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter provides USB 2.0 transfer speed up to 480Mbps. The Universal Drive Adapter also is backwards compatible for operation via USB 1.1.

Allowing quick connection of hard drives and optical drives, the Adapter’s uses include file transfer after the upgrade of an internal hard drive, accessing data from stored backup drives, and interfacing with as-needed stored drives.

Each NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter includes all hardware necessary for the plug-and-play of supported 2.5″/3.5″/5.25″ storage devices to any Apple/Mac or PC with an available USB port. No software is required for the use of the Adapter on any Apple/Mac computer with OS 8.6 or higher (including any version of OS X); a CD is included with the drivers required to use this product on Windows based systems.

The NewerTech USB Adapter has been tested to work with all hard drive brands including Maxtor, Seagate, IBM, Hitachi, Samsung, Western Digital, and Fujitsu; optical drive brands including LG, Lite-On, Panasonic, Pioneer, Plextor, Sony, Teac, and Toshiba; and removable media drives such as Iomega Zip.

Customers can take advantage of introductory pricing of $24.95 through or via source distributor Other World Computing

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  1. It’s a pretty slick device. Too bad it’s not bus-powered; that big power adapter is kind of a bummer. The SATA solution with the two extra cables is, to put it mildly, less than elegant.

  2. I eagerly anticipated arrival of two Newertech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapters to allow use of my myriad of loose drives as extra backup units. Alas, the experience has not been good thus far. Indeed, I can connect the drives to the adapter and access the files via USB. The big problem occurs when I attempt to either partition a drive or erase a partition. Disk Utility becomes catatonic and becomes non-responsive with either action. I’ve tried under OS 10.46 and 10.3x. The same inability to partition or erase happens with four different drives, and three different Macs (a MacBook, a Powerbook AL, and an iBook). I get the same problem even with my 2nd adapter.

    This renders the adapter practically useless to me. Haven’t found a solution yet.

    BTW – it does bus power a 2.5 inch ATA notebook drive.

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