If you are like me, your desk is probably crammed with old hardware that your computer had outgrown and you can’t bring yourself to throw away. I have several older SATA HDDs sitting in my desk collecting dust.
Brando has offered up a new USB 3.0 to SATA adapter that will let me use one of those drives as a super fast external storage device. The adapter is a "Y" that allows the HDD to get power and connect to the USB 3.0 port.
The adapter allows for 10-30 GBytes of video data to be copied to a 3.5-inch HDD in about 1/3 the time of the USB 2.0 interface. The device supports 5 Gbps, 480 Mbps and 12Mbps connections. Both SATA 1.5 and 3 HDDS are supported. The device is available now for $48 and can be had with power plugs to fit various countries.