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The USB3S2SAT3CB USB 3.0 to SATA adapter cable lets you connect a 2.5" SATA hard drive or solid state drive to your computer through an available USB port -- the easiest way to upgrade the hard drive in your laptop by adding an external SSD via USB 3.0. The cable supports UASP, allowing for transfer speeds up to 70% faster than conventional USB 3.0, which enables you to utilize the full potential of your SATA III SSD/HDD, when paired with a UASP-enabled host controller. Cable-style adapter UASP Support (Attached SCSI Protocol Specification Revision 1.0) Compatible with USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 (5Gbps/480Mbps/12Mbps) Compatible with SATA revision I/II/III (1.5/3.0/6.0 Gbps) USB poweredThis portable adapter features a lightweight design with no external power required, for easy storage in a laptop bag or carrying case. Plus, the cable-style adapter makes it easy to swap between hard drives without having to install your drives into an enclosure. Perfect for easy drive access for data migration, drive cloning and data backup applications. The USB3S2SAT3CB is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support. Improved Performance with UASP UASP is supported in Windows 8, Mac OSX (10.8 or above) and Linux. In testing, UASP performs with a 70% faster read speed and 40% faster write speed over traditional USB 3.0 at peak performance. At the same peak in testing, UASP also shows an 80% reduction in required processor resources. Testing results were obtained using an Intel Ivy Bridge system, a UASP-enabled StarTech.com Enclosure and a SATA III solid state drive. Applications Take advantage of USB 3.0-enabled laptops or desktops with UASP for faster transfer speeds Create an external storage solution on the go, for desktops, laptops or Ultrabook computers Access any 2.5" hard drive or solid state drive from any USB enabled computer, for data migration or drive cloning Back up important data to an external storage device Retrieve data from an old SATA drive Use with an SSD drive to externally upgrade your laptop hard drive via USB 3.0 Note Cable will work only with 2.5" SATA drives 3.5"/5.25" drives are not supported.