Guide to the Best Computer Adapters

by Martin Peels Content Writer

Understanding a computer drive adapter means knowing the difference between the several types and versions and how the variants influence which connectors and cables you use. Today computers and other mobile devices are available with a wide array of ports, from the traditional USB, Micro SATA, SATA to IDE adapters and much more. Even if you are familiar with the most common connectors and even using some, it can still be a challenge to figure out what wires and or adapters you will need to plug onto your device.

Whether you are building your PC for the first time or just looking to upgrade the storage components, picking the right option for cables and adapters to upgrade the storage components in your desktop PC is crucial for getting optimal performance.

First, know the difference between internal and external storage.

Internal vs External Storage

As the name indicates, internal desktop PC storage consists of the components found within the chassis of the computer system. PC storage components, however, are installed by a physical connection to either your computer's motherboard SATA or PCIe. On the other hand, external storage consists of adapters and cables that come equipped with their chassis and can be connected to your motherboard by the way of adapters or cables like USB or eSATA.

Why is it a Good Idea to Have Computer Drive Adapters?

If you are going to own any computer repair accessory, it has to be a drive adapter or cables for a reason. For instance, if you have ever upgraded your computer or simply have old hard drives lying around in your home, then it is possible to convert the unit into an external hard drive. For the internal storage to communicate with the other bits and pieces of tech you need an adapter to create a connection. This adapter will allow communication with the two most common interfaces.

What can you use These Adapters for?

In the event of hard drive failure, these adapters can be your first line of defense if your internal drive has failed or something has gone wrong. In cases like these, there is a pretty good chance that you might lose your data or your computer is not going to boot. Now that you know that you have to replace the drive, but what about the data and the important files? Just because the internal drive or HDD has partially failed does not mean that everything is unrecoverable. With the help of drive adapters, you will likely be able to access those files and recover most of the data.

You can get an enclosure for your drive that can act as a converter, protector, and holder for the internal hard drive. You might think, what are enclosures and what do these do? Enclosures are boxes that can be used for your internal drive. These are compatible, IDE and SATA. Of these two interfaces, SATA is more common among users. Though it is always recommended to check first, as connections can differ.

What's more? Failing of hardware is not the only use of these adapters. What if you want to upgrade your storage from an old HDD to a faster or larger SSD? Before you upgrade your storage, it is important to clone all your old data, which will require only a little work. With these simple adapters, you will be able to turn it into an external drive and access all your old files without having to spend money on getting a new external unit.

Installing a Drive adapter or cable for your HDD applications

Installing cables should not be a complicated task, but it is still important to make it work and complete the process safely and correctly. Fret not, we are here to guide you with the exact method of installation when it comes to the purpose of a SATA cable.

While replacing the current HDD, it is worth noting that you don't necessarily have to disconnect the cable or adapter from the motherboard. The SATA connector attached to the HDD itself will have to be removed and replaced with the new storage unit.

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