A USB 3.0 to eSATA Adapter Fast Enough to Handle Speedy Drives

29 January 2011
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Author: Anthony Garland
29 January 2011, Comments: 0

In what certainly is interesting news, comes word of the NewerTech eSATA to USB 3.0 Adapter. This is  not the first such adapter we have heard of, but it is the first to claim to be the fastest with benchmarks to back it up.

The NewerTech claims that it can do 247MB/s reads and 206+ MB/s writes (assuming your eSATA device is capable of this) which is very impressive as up until now the adapter itself has been a huge bottleneck adding in nearly unacceptable amounts of overhead.  You may be asking yourself why would anyone need a USB 3.0 to eSATA adapter and why would anyone care if it can do all that conversion without reducing power.

The answer to the second question is actually pretty simple as while a couple MB/s on 200+ devices is neither here nor there, that amount of performance hit on say your typical 2.5″ hard drive would be huge. Less really is more when it comes to performance impacting adapters. As for the first question only you can answer that one, but wouldn’t it be great to be able to use your eSATA external device on all your systems even those that don’t have eSATA.

This is not as outlandish as you would think, as while eSATA is very prevalent in desktops, USB 3.0 is becoming a heck of a lot more ubiquitous in portable drives with eSATA becoming as rare as hen’s teeth! Heck, even if your laptop doesn’t have USB 3.0 ports it certainly has USB 2.0 and while that is not much bandwidth something is better than nothing! You can pick the NewerTech eSATA to USB 3.0 Adapter up now from retailers (such as OWC) for $29.95.