The USB-to-IDE converter cable will allow any Windows PC or
Apple Macintosh (Mac OS 8.6 or newer) to mount an old ATA/IDE drive via the USB port.
This device is Plug-and-Play compatable, and mounts the attached drive as a standard
USB storage device. All you have to do is plug the USB connector into the
USB port and plug the 40-Pin IDE connector into your IDE device. There is a separate
power switch to power up the drive once it has been safely plugged in.
The UI-210 is powered by an external adapter, and itself provides power to the attached
drive by way of a 4-pin Molex hard drive connector (found on almost every IDE drive).
Originally designed as a way to turn desktop hard drives into portable drives, this
USB/IDE converter is now primarily used to provide access to older storage media on
machines that don't support IDE/ATA devices (or when the user chooses not to enable
such support). Many old hard drives continue to function perfectly, so a device like
DataPro's UI-210 is a cost-effective way to maintain that storage capacity.
The USB-to-IDE adaptor also allows hot-swapping of drives without a restart, simply by
using the OS "remove device" feature and powering off.
This product is USB 2.0 compatible, for high-speed data transfers.
The package includes the adaptor, a CD-ROM with drivers, and a power supply.
This device mounts a hard drive with all the functionality of an IDE drive,
including formatting, partitioning, sharing, and backing up (via drag-n-drop
or ghosting software). If your BIOS allows booting via USB, this converter
will also be functional as a boot device.
NOTE: If you cannot or choose not to use the 110 volt transformer shipped
with the unit, we can make you a DataPro
molex power cable that
is 3 feet long that you can connect from inside your PC to the external drive.
NOTE: This device only works with a single hard drive, which must be set to
"Master" or "Single Drive", whichever applies to your hard drive. It will
not work with a "Slaved" hard drive.
Drivers for this product can be downloaded here:
Mac OSX Driver