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My only goal in writing this review is to help someone who might be in exactly my circumstances so they don't waste any time try
May 29, 2016
I'll give StarTech 5 stars - even though this cable should have worked for me and didn't.
My only goal in writing this review is to help someone who might be in exactly my circumstances so they don't waste any time trying to troubleshoot the same issue that struck me. And to pay a compliment to StarTech.
I have an old Mac Pro tower circa 2008 and a new MacBook Pro. I was trying to get some data off an old 2.5" SATA drive that had lived in my tower and was now sitting on a shelf. The StarTech USB-to-SATA cable would not power up my old drive.
My old 2.5" SATA drive is a WD Velociraptor. They were wicked fast in their day. And also consumed more juice than their peers (my Velociraptor drive is a WD1500BLFS 150GB drive - it is spec'd at 0.95A@5VDC + 0.3A@12VDC - that's a LOT of juice - almost 10W!). I wasn't sure if this StarTech cable could handle it. My Apple says that it will only handle half of that, but I have a hub that will do a lot more.
The setup just didn't work. So I bought a new Samsung SSD here from Amazon, plugged the old 2.5" drive into my Mac Pro tower and copied the data using to my SSD using the StarTech cable in a, pardon the pun, flash.
So, you ask, why the 5 stars for StarTech for something that didn't work for me? Simple. Two reasons. First, they took the time to put a tiny LED on their cable. Thanks, StarTech! When I plugged the StarTech into my Mac and it wouldn't power up my 2.5" drive, I at least knew (from the LED) that I had a good connection - the problem was likely on my end. I had a second reason for the 5 star review. When I went to sort out the volts and amps and USB thing I found StarTech's website to be complete and easy to navigate. I typed in the part number for this cable and was brought to a page that had full and easy to read tech specs. Apple's tech specs were equally good as were WD's. Wow! StarTech's as thorough as Apple. Who knew?
What could have been a 2 hour exercise in frustration was reduced to 15 minutes of trying, failing, reading the tech specs, solving the problem a different way and getting on with my life. Too bad other vendors aren't as thoughtful. Again, thanks StarTech!