Sogatel USB SATA/IDE Adapter

Sogatel USB SATA/IDE adapter

The Sogatel USB SATA/IDE adapter can be used to connect a hard disk or optical media drive to a computer's USB port.

WARNING: Do not remove the USB SATA/IDE adapter while the hard drive is in use. Doing so may cause data corruption or damage the hard drive, adapter or computer.

Installation Instructions:

1. If you are using an IDE drive, check that the hard disk or optical drive is set to master mode. Instructions for this are usually printed on the drive itself. This step is not necessary if you are connecting a SATA drive.

2. Connect your hard disk or optical drive to the matching data connector on the Sogatel USB SATA/IDE adapter.

3. Connect your hard disk or optical drive to the power supply.

4. Use the in-line controller to switch the power on.

5. Connect the Sogatel USB SATA/IDE adapter to your computer's USB port.

Features:
  • Plug and Play.
  • Two drives can be used simultaneously.
  • Compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux.
  • USB 2.0 connectivity, supporting data transfer at 480 Mbit/s and 52x CD-ROM data read rate. Also supports USB 1.1.
  • Supports 2.5" drives up to 1TB and 3.5" drives up to 3TB.
  • Supports both IDE and SATA devices.
  • External power supply supports AC 100-240V (50-60Hz) input.
  • 12V/2A, 5V/2A double channel output.
  • LED indicators.

Model Numbers:
  • SG-100 (Black)

Contents:
  • USB SATA/IDE adapter
  • SATA data cable
  • USB cable (USB to mini USB)
  • AC adapter and in-line controller
  • Setup guide

Package contents


Please note that the power adapter's design may vary in some regions.

Your Sogatel product comes with a full manufacturer's warranty and technical support for one year from the date of purchase.

If you are experiencing any problems, please visit the Contacts page to get in touch with our technical support team.

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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between an IDE and a SATA drive?
Many older drives are IDE. There will be 40 or 44 pins arranged in two rows on one side, and a power connector with four large pins nearby. Please see the diagram in How do I set my drive to Master mode?" to see how the connections look on a typical IDE drive.

SATA is the newer standard for internal drives, and the SATA connectors don't use pins. The connectors are L-shaped to make it easy to see which way around the cable should be placed.

Both types of drive have a power connector and a data connector, and both of these need to be connected correctly for the drive to work. Most drives will have their exact specification printed on the label.

The Sogatel USB SATA/IDE Adapter can connect to both types of drive simultaneously.
Is SATA II supported?
Yes, SATA I and SATA II are both supported.
Is USB 1.1 supported? My computer does not have a USB 2.0 port.
USB 1.1 is also supported. Please note that data transfer will be faster over USB 2.0, so if your computer has both types you'll need to ensure you are using a USB 2.0 port for the best performance.
I'm not sure if my computer is compatible.
The Sogatel USB SATA/IDE Adapter should work with any computer running an operating system which natively supports external USB drives. This includes Windows 2000, ME, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, Mac OS 8.6 and higher (including all versions of Mac OS X), and all Linux distributions which have USB drive support. It will also be necessary to have a free USB port on your computer.
Which data connectors does the Sogatel USB SATA/IDE Adapter accept?
2.5" IDE 44 pin female connector
3.5" IDE 40 pin female connector
SATA 7 pin male connector
How do I set my drive to Master mode?
SATA drives do not require this step. If you have an IDE drive, look for a small group of pins with a removable plastic 'jumper' between the power connector and the data connector.

Most drive manufacturers print instructions somewhere on the drive itself, which show where to position the jumper(s) for Master mode. Please check with your drive manufacturer if you can't find the instructions for placing the jumper, as they will have to provide a diagram to match your exact drive. This picture shows how the instructions might look, and how you should position the plastic jumper to match them:

Jumper settings on an IDE hard drive

How do I disconnect the adapter?
WARNING: Do not remove the USB SATA/IDE Adapter while the hard drive is in use. Doing so may cause data corruption or damage the hard drive, adapter or computer.

First of all, close any windows and programs which are using the connected USB drive.

In Windows, double click the green "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the Windows system tray. A window will appear; highlight the USB drive and then click the Stop button. Once Windows confirms that it is safe to remove the drive, you can proceed. It is also possible to right click the USB drive in My Computer and select Eject as an alternative method.

Mac OS X users should click on the disk's icon on the Desktop and drag it to the Trash. The Trash icon will change to an Eject icon. As soon as the disk's icon disappears from your Desktop, it is safe to disconnect the adapter. The USB drive can also be unmounted in Disk Utility if preferred.

Linux users should unmount the USB drive from their system before disconnecting the adapter. This can be done from the command line. Please see the instructions which came with your Linux distribution for further information.

Once the drive is no longer in use, use the in-line controller to switch the power off and unplug the USB cable from your computer. You can then remove the drive from the Sogatel USB SATA/IDE Adapter.
Can I hot swap drives with the adapter?
Yes, but it is important to ensure that the hard drive is not in use by the system to prevent damage to your data or hardware. Please see the instructions for disconnecting the adapter to learn how to safely unmount your hard drive from Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.
Do I need to unmount optical media drives before disconnecting the adapter?
No, but you should remove any CDs or DVDs from the drives before powering them off. You should never power off an optical drive while you are burning a disc.
How do I install the Sogatel USB SATA/IDE Adapter? There are no drivers.
The device is plug and play and does not require any installation of special software. All you need to do is plug the hardware in according to the installation instructions. Some kits ship with a CD but installing the driver software is completely optional.
My data has become corrupt.
This is usually caused either by a damaged drive, or removing the Sogatel USB SATA/IDE Adapter while the drive is in use. Please ensure that the drive is not disturbed until you have safely disconnected it according to the instructions.
The drive is sometimes recognised, but sometimes there is a connection error?
There may be a problem with the USB port. Make sure that you connect the USB cable to one of the main USB ports on the computer, not to a USB hub or extension. If your computer has ports in both the front and back, one of the ports at the back is usually best. Some computers have separate USB 2.0 (High Speed USB) ports which might provide a better connection than a USB 1.1 port.
I have installed the hard drive successfully but I can't see it in My Computer in Windows?
Open Disk Management by right clicking on My Computer and selecting Manage. Disk Management is under the Storage heading. Alternatively, you can select Run in your Start menu and enter compmgmt.msc in the box. Disk Management may show an error message which will reveal where the problem lies. If this is the first time you are using a drive, you may be prompted to format or initialize the disk first to make it usable. Formatting a hard drive will delete any data currently stored on the drive, so back up important files first.
I have installed the hard drive successfully but I can't see it in Finder on my Mac?
Open Disk Utility, an application which comes preinstalled with Mac OS X, and check to see whether the USB drive appears in the left hand column. There may be an error message which will reveal where the problem lies. If this is the first time you are using a drive, you may be prompted to initialize or erase the disk first to make it usable. Please note that some consumer hard drives come configured for Windows, and it may be necessary to Erase them first using Disk Utility in order to start using them on your Mac. Erasing the disk in this way will delete any data currently stored on the drive, so back up important files to a compatible computer first.
My drive is not being detected by the computer.
Please try the following troubleshooting steps.

1. Switch the Sogatel USB SATA/IDE Adapter off using the in-line controller, and disconnect the USB cable from the computer.
2. Reboot the computer.
3. Check the drive is set to Master mode or Cable Select (IDE drives only). Please see the instructions for setting your drive to Master mode for additional help.
4. Check that all of the physical power connections are secure, and that the drive is securely attached to the adapter.
5. Switch the Sogatel USB SATA/IDE Adapter on using the in-line controller.
6. Let the hard drive spin up for 5-10 seconds. You may be able to hear the drive spinning.
7. Connect the Sogatel USB SATA/IDE Adapter to the computer with the USB cable. Make sure that you connect the USB cable to one of the main USB ports on the computer, not to a USB hub or extension. If your computer has ports in both the front and back, one of the ports at the back is usually best.
8. The computer should detect the drive and may notify you that it is installing it.
9. After a short wait, your hard drive should appear in My Computer (Windows) or the Finder (Mac OS X).

If the drive still isn't detected, it may need to be formatted before use. Please check the previous two solutions for instructions.

Sogatel USB SATA/IDE adapter in use