Here's something straight from the 'why didn't we think of that ourselves?" category. If you're like us, you probably have a mass of spare SATA and PATA drives floating around, probably with all kinds of cherished data on them. In days of old, you'd have to find some fiddly enclosure for them, or - gasp! - open your case to install the things to get at those precious ones and zeroes. However, for those who work 'on the road' and right out of a laptop, the options available to allow connectivity of these devices are very restrictive to say the least.
Japanese company Scythe has heard your pain and subsequently manufactured a product that will allow you to connect to SATA and PATA devices with a minimal amount of fuss. The Scythe Kama Connect 2
is a Plug-n-Play ready device that will allow you to connect virtually and SATA or PATA enabled devices via a powered universal adaptor. Let's see what Scythe have to say about their Kama Connect 2:
Upgraded version of the Easy-to-connect S-ATA & ATAPI drives via USB port, Kama Connect 2 is available! Plug-n-Play ready & allows you to connect S-ATA & ATAPI drives simultaneously! The friendly universal AC Adaptor (100 - 240V, 50/60Hz) and carrying pouch for both 2.5/3.5inch HDD are included for frequent travelers!
Lets have a look at the Kama Connect 2's specifications
The specifications were taken directly from the Scythe Kama Connect 2's Product Page.
Kama Connect 2
Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan
90 x 62 x 20 mm (Unit)
115 x 57.5 x 32 mm (AC Adaptor)
107 x 77 x 13.4mm (2.5inch HDD Carrying Pouch)
151 x 108 x 29.5mm (3.5inch HDD Carrying Pouch)
- S-ATA Drive (2.5/3.5inch HDD, Optical Drive)
- 40-pin ATAPI Drive
- (3.5inch HDD, Optical Drive, IDE/EIDE, ATA33/66/100/133 Ready)
- 44-pin 2.5inch HDD
Power On/Off & Access LED
Input: 100 - 240V, 50/60Hz
On/Off Power Switch Built-On Unit Type
The options available to you with the Kama Connect 2 are amazing, especially when you consider that alternative products really only allow for 3.5" and 2.5" HDD connectivity via an USB powered dock. Nice touch Scythe!
Let's head over the page to have a look at the Scythe Kama Connect 2 in a little more detail...