SATA Female Computer Drive Adapters & Converters

Reliable SATA Female Drive Adapters

SATA female drive adapters allow you to connect a SATA male drive adapter to a computer system hard drive, HDD, or SDD via a USB port. This SATA adapter can help you expand your system or add something such as an external hard drive. These adapters may be branded or unbranded and may come in a package with other cables and adapters.

What is a SATA cable?

SATA was introduced in 2000, and stands for serial AT attachment. This cable will connect host bus adapters to hard drive storage devices via a USB port. These storage devices may include everything from a solid state drive (SSD) to an optical drive, hard drive, or hard disk drive (HDD). This cable is the successor to the parallel ATA attachment.

What type of adapters are available?

There are several female drive adapters available. These connectors offer a number of different features and should be chosen by the specific need required. Below is a list of the type of adapters available along with a brief description of each.

  • Cable: The cable will simply attach one external storage unit to the computer.
  • Adapter/converter: The attachment will contain a converter or an adapter on the unit itself.
  • Conversion cable: Allows you to convert one connector to a SATA power connector.
  • Splitter cable: Allows you to split the cable into multiple cables that can connect to different destinations.
What is IDE?

IDE stands for Integrated Drive Electronics. This interface allows you to connect a motherboard to storage devices such as a solid state drive (SSD), an optical drive, a hard disk drive (HDD), a hard drive, or a CD-ROM drive. The IDE may also be known by other terms, such as intelligent drive electronics or advanced technology attachment. The IDE interface components will consist of a 40 pin IDE interface, a mother board, a master or primary device (such as a hard drive), a secondary or slave device (such as a floppy disk) and a basic device interface.

What are the advantages of SATA?

This type of attachment allows faster data transfer through higher signaling rates, more efficient transfer, and reduced cost and cable size. The SATAs predecessor, PATA, required 40 to 80 conductors. The current attachment standard requires only 7 conductors. In addition, these attachments are more compatible for more systems, converters, hard drives, and connectors. USB, which is the most widely used connector, is found on many of todays cables and connectors. That means that you can use many different types of cables if you have a USB port on your computer or a USB multipart adapter.

How do you connect a SATA drive adapter?

The simplest way to attach a SATA adapter is to have a SSD, HSS, IDE, connector, or USB port that is compatible for the adapter. The product description will usually describe which male attachments the female adapter will accept. Note that most attachments that accept USB ports will fit many versions of USB ports, including USB 1.0, USB 1.1, and USB 2.0.