The black 2.5″ SATA/SAS SSD/HDD to 3.5″ SATA HDD Converter from StarTech provides a versatile solution for 2.5″ drive installations, enabling you to install a 2.5″ SATA/SAS drive in a 3.5″ bay, drive drawer caddy/tray, or into a 3.5″ drive enclosure. To maximize performance and utilize the full speed potential of your SATA III hard drives, this hard disk drive backplane supports SATA III for transfer speeds up to 6 Gb/s when paired with a compatible controller. This convertor is suitable for drives with a height of up to 15mm, virtually any 2.5″ SATA or SAS hard drive can be made to look and function like a 3.5″ hard disk drive. It is complete with standard mounting points along the sides and the bottom (including three points along the sides for compatibility with some Dell systems).
The drive converter features a trayless design for simple drive installation and removal. It is constructed of durable and lightweight plastics, with ventilation openings to aid airflow and help keep hard drives running cooler.
Clint Beatty (verified owner) –
Great for quickly connecting 2.5″ SATA drives so they can be wiped but it’s misleading to suggest that this is a SAS to SATA convertor as unless you have a SAS controller they wont work and if you have a SAS controllor you’d surely just connect the SAS hard disk drive to that? No idea what you’d plug this in to, to be able to read/write to a SAS drive.
Flo Roob (verified owner) –
First: could not just slide in the 2.5 drive into the converter, (about 1/2 an inch stuck out the back) in the end I just removed the 8 or 9 screws placed the drive and reassembled the converter. Second: the mounting holes did match the pins on my Dell’s mount.
Edgar Watsica (verified owner) –
This is a decent product. I used it to put a 2.5 SSD in my tower workstation. It fit and worked well.
Lacey Kemmer (verified owner) –
I admit that when I first got this out of the box, I didn’t know how to open the flap to access the inside of the adapter. I am not sure what symbol would have triggered my brain to pull the release catch outward, but the symbol on it just didn’t clue me in. I was also puzzled how to remove a drive once put into the adapter, there is an internal mechanism attached to the door that ejects the drive when opened fully, but if you aren’t aware of it, will also prevent the drive from seating until you close the door a little. That being said, once you figure this all out, it’s a great little adapter. I haven’t quite figured out where to install it yet; I want to install it in the front of my PC so I can swap out drives, but it seems to be made to go inside a PC where the drive bays face outwards. Only one of the screw holes line up with an HDD (rear-most, near the SATA connectors). One screw is enough, so I’m OK with this, but it’s a curious design. Once seated, the drive fits well, doesn’t rattle, and the performance is excellent. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review
Ashleigh Haley (verified owner) –
The hard drive adaptor has been working well for me but physically very cheap and with limited mounting options, could be better. The hard drive adaptor comes in a box just barely bigger than 3.5 inch hard drive. It is made of all black plastic and raddles like there are loose parts inside when either empty or with a drive installed. When you put a drive in it, the case makes a very scary ‘crack’ sound. I still can’t get used to the terrible sound of the door closing as it sounds like I just broke the hard drive. The open latch is clearly labeled, but at a glance the sliding lock also looks like a latch and breaks off very easy if you try and pull it. There is a blue LED light on the front that lights when it has power. The light doesn’t change or flash for drive activity. The adaptor is the same size as a regular 3.5″ hard drive however the screw holes are NOT in the same position so the adaptor cannot be installed where other hard drives can. Screws are included with the adaptor. The adaptor works well once the drive is in. The adapter works in SATA docking stations and connected directly to my motherboard. The hard drive adapter works as needed, but is very cheaply made with it raddling and cracking sounds and can’t be mounted where 3.5″ drive can be. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
Nathanael Marvin (verified owner) –
No instructions of any kind ship with this caddy so spent first 1hr trying to slide the SSD onto the connector before closing the lid. Eventually discover that you place the SSD in place and it slides onto the internal connectors AS you close the lid. Once got past that stage thought I was home and dry but the screw locations for mounting the 3.5″ box into a HP Server caddy aren’t in the same locations as a standard 3.5″ drive a] at most you can attach with 2x screws and b] even when you’ve done this and made your best approximation, it won’t fit. Can’t imagine any reason why screw mountings aren’t standard but they are not. Approx 3-4mm out. Could be great. Not sure why it isn’t.
Flavie Reichert (verified owner) –
… I installed Windows 10 64 bit on my PC. Nothing hot swap about it now that I can find. Under Windows 7 64 bit it was genuinely hot swap. It was the simplest thing to install and use. With Win 10 I need to power off the PC, remove the HDD installed, insert the required HDD and power on again. I can’t find a solution so this is a last resort 🙁 . From what I’ve found it is a problem with Win 10 not the device. Nonetheless, with 4 HDDs ranging from 3 to 6 TB, it is a pain in the sitting apparatus it won’t hot swap now. If there is a solution I’d love to know what it is.
Miguel Eichmann (verified owner) –
OK, so I tried to use it internally, but the mount holes don’t line up at all (can’t move it forward or back in the Lenovo or CoolerMaster case internal positions I tried since they use plastic spacers that fit into the drive holes, which of course, don’t line up. My son’s PC is built inside an older case that has a 3.5″ floppy slot. This chassis works fine in that slot. It was then that I noticed that the drive holes are spaced just fine for a 3.5″ HDD, but slid backwards—aka, if the end of the drive was flush with the case–and why would anyone want their internal drive sticking OUT? OK, that being said… I popped an SSD in, and then slid the chassis into a Startech trayless 3.5″ removable that I have mounted on the front of my tower, so a drive in a drive tray, in a drive tray. Fit just fine (screw holes are irrelevant this way), and works like a drive should, no performance impact on the SSD within, and invisible to the OS since it’s just passing SATA through. As for the build… I like the “open” button and the sliding lock. The plastic is fine for something that doesn’t get swapped too often, but doesn’t feel that solid. Older trayless drive slots that I use (all Startech BTW…) are solid, and have some metal in the door/latch/housing to provide extra strength/durability. I just don’t se that with this adapter. I would buy this to use SSDs in my tower, as removables. But would not recommend if it is going to be in a work environment with people that are hard on the hardware. So perfect score on actual performance, but not so much on physical build. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.