I have both this adapter and Sabrent ones. Between these two popular adapters, I feel Fenlink is better. (1) Fenlink has a back wall next to the connector pins while Sabrent does not. This back wall makes sure the connector does not wobble. (2) Fenlink has its PCB board secured on a piece of metal which is part of the frame while Sabrent links PCB board to the frame by screws at both ends. (3) Fenlink's screw is too short. It reaches SSD disk barely. I hope it can be 1/8 inch longer. (4) The screw holes on Sabrent is round while Fenlink is not. I prefer round holes to prevent screws from moving around. (5) Without any adapter, the SSD sequential read speed is at 300Mb/s, write speed is at 16.9 mb/s, and random read speed is at 77.0 mb/s. Speed for both adapters is around 322mb/s, 18mb/s and 80 mb/s. Due to the CPU load variation, I would say that disk speed is the same as the one without adapters. For your reference, HDD speed is 132 mb/s (read), 0.87 mb/s (write), and N/A (random read). (6) electric resistance for Fenlink is at 0.1 ohms while at 0.2 ohms for Sabrent. (7) SSD on Sabrent can be easily slide into cable less tray without issue. But Fenlink is a bit off by 1/16 in. I have to push Fenlink a bit upwards to align it to the socket. (8) Both Fenlink and Sabrent do some creative work on the wiring. Out of 15 pins, three 3.3 v pins, three 5 v pins, two out of 3 com pins on two com groups are interconnected. Fenlink interconnects all three pins of com pins. Ironically, three 12 v pins are not connected. This wiring normally is ok if the input is 5 lines. However, it has potential to interconnect computer power units. This creativity is not desired.
due to (3), (4), (7), (8), I give 3.5 star rating.
This is a finely built adapter and is probably overkill, but I didn't want to have my expensive SSD Drive hanging in the wind on a cheap adapter. This fit my desktop tower perfectly where the old 3.5 "spinner" was previously nested, and holds it away from the frame so air can circulate on all sides. Fenlink supplies two DIFFERENT SIZE screws, so make sure you eyeball them and separate 4 small (that attach the SSD to the frame) and 4 large (that attach the frame to the computer chassis) - don't make the mistake of forcing the slightly bigger screws! I am pleased with this bracket, and would buy it all over again. Quality build!
This is the perfect solution if you're trying to install a 2.5" laptop-sized SSD or HD into a machine with a proprietary mounting situation, like a Dell Optiplex or an HP. Bigger companies tend to use sleds that snap onto a standard 3.5" hard drive, and the cabling tends to be JUST long enough or in an exact spot to reach the power or sata data cables inside the machine. With this solution, your 2.5" drive adapts to fit a 3.5" spot perfectly and has the same mounts ands screw holes as the larger 3.5" drive. Worked like a charm and the throughput is very fast. Highly recommended for this type of situation!
This bracket / adapter is rock solid, made of cleanly cast and finished metal (with a few tooling marks) and comes with all the correct screws and HW to mount a 2.5" disk into a 3.5" disk space. The disk is centered on the vertical and horizontal axes so it sits positionally close to the center of the 3.5" space and is offset depth-wise to accommodate the header connection, which ends up balancing it in all three axes. I bought this to put a 480GB SSD into a 2005 Power Mac case and it worked perfectly. I cannot recommend this enough, having used plastic adapters in the past, this unit not only does not flex, but will provide better cooling and I cannot express how impressed I am with the engineering that went into this: all the holes align exactly, the electronics header is clean and also aligns dead on, and it's got more mass to it than I expected. For the price, you simply aren't going to find a more reliable, higher quality adapter. I will absolutely use this again if I ever need another. It's the perfect part for a clean, no fuss install.
I've seen quite a few people out there get around spending the few extra dollars for a SSD converter, but why have the $100 SSD you just bought floating loosely inside your computer case? I highly suggest buying this product. It's extremely durable, made of high density metal, and it flawlessly connects your new SSD to your older rig. Plus, it provides additional space between your SSD and other components for optimum air flow and cooling.
If your computer has/had a HDD temperature sensor, fear not! Don't fret about not having the sensor adapter built into this converter. I was able to pull the temperature sensor off the old HDD and adhere it straight onto the SSD. Think it's too much of a hassle? Zip tie the sensor together and set it to the side! You made the wisest choice of installing a SSD and don't have to worry about your storage device overheating anymore!
Nutshell: Buy it. Don't use tape, Velcro, or glue to mount the new SSD. Keep any other original mounts that were attached to the old HDD. They come in handy for easier mounting.
This review is for: Fenlink 2.5" to 3.5" Internal SSD Hard Drive SATA Drive Converter Every once in a while you make a purchase that is orders of magnitude better than you thought it would be. This is one such purchase for me. This item is a robust yet light aluminum converter 2.5" to 3.5" drive tray with SATA power and data connectors built into the precise position they would be if this were a 3.5" HDD. This allows you to mount a 2.5" drive and have the connectors line up with a second drive. This is important if you will be using the drive in a case with double SATA power connectors at a fixed distance along the cable and you're attaching one to an HDD and the other to an SSD. Holds the drive securely, all hardware screws are included and the skeleton frame allows cooling airflow around the drive. Was needlessly concerned about the quality of the offset connectors - they're fine. All in all a brilliant piece of engineering and manufacturing. If you're converting to a 2.5" SSD and placing it in a 3.5" drive bay you need this.
This product surpassed my expectations. I expected a flimsy little piece of junk that would work "Ok". However, this piece is of amazing quality. Very sturdy, well made, and works perfectly. Comes with all the necessary hardware. From the box to mounting and installing my SSD was less than 3 minutes flat. It's perfect, i certainly understand the perfect reviews. You won't regret it.
Needed an adapter for an Asus VM-40B, which comes with a full sized 3.5 HDD. Using this adapter, there's no issues. With some generic adapters, they will just work to "take up space," with no regards of the placement of the drive's actual SATA connection. For most desktop computers, that's OK if you're using SATA cables; if you need an adapter that will literally "turn a 2.5 to a 3.5 drive," and align the MOUNTING SCREWS and the SATA CONNECTION, THIS IS THE SOLUTION!
Pictured is the drive installed in the Asus VM-40B; it's solid. The Crucial drive label is "upside down," compared to most SSDs... don't worry the adapter is correct!
Solid material. Doesn't feel cheap. Should be durable. I don't plan on swapping out drives into the adapter itself, but the construction of the SATA connection for the 2.5inch drive does feel like it could be removed/re-used over and over. I do have a collection of 2.5 inch drives from laptops I've acquired over the years and this would work to use those; for the price, this is a great solution.
This is being used in a computer that I "play around with," with no data on it that I would need to keep/non-essential stuff. I would have ZERO HESITATION recommending this for anyone's needs.
Only bought this because of the backplane on the aurora alienware I have. It fits perfectly but It wasn't plug n play. Doesn't really line up when u insert so I had to line up the holes before installing unlike my hard drives that all u have to do is push n it's installed in a second. I Love how it gave me different screws. I used the spares on my gpu since the old dell tech didn't even put them back. Can't wait to save up n buy me another ssd n another one of these. 10/10 would Def buy again
-update- Bought me a second one. Think this is gonna b my go to for backplane. The minimalistic look is awesome. Ventilation is outstanding
Installed just as it should in an iMac 5K 27" after the complicated manner in which a late model iMac must be disassembled. Not for the timid but the actual bracket install is a piece of cake and aligns perfectly with the internal cables on the machine. Mine housed a new 2TB SSD that dropped the boot time by 80% over the old 3.5" 7200 rpm HDD that it contained before.