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USB to eSATA Adapter and 13 Port USB Hub 

As more eSATA devices arrive those with eSATA on the motherboard could find this solution from Lindy very useful. The second is another item from Brando in Hong Kong this time a 13 (yes thirteen) port USB switch.

Lindy USB 2.0 eSATA Adapter

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The Lindy USB 2.0 eSATA Adapter measures 6.5x3x1cm and plugs into any USB port.

Reading the blurb I see it will work (at a slower speed) with USB 1.1 systems and even with versions of Windows as early as ME, it is also stated to work with Mac OS10 but I have not tried this as I do not have a Mac.

It will work with both Desktop and Notebook (even Netbook) PC’s; this will work with any single SATA/eSATA disc drive but will not work with Port Mtiplier functions.

Apart from the adapter you also get a 50cm eSATA connection cable suitable where direct connection is not possible and a four side A5 size User Guide.

Many people have IDE drives and while they would love to update to a latest spec PC or notebook are worried that certain information still resides on their IDE drive that they will need the moment they no longer have it.

There are several software packages available that will do an exact drive copy and using one of those with this adapter should allow you to take a perfect copy of your IDE drive and transfer to an eSATA drive for belt braces and safety pin assurance.

This is a little utility that you may only use on rare occasions but is worth its weight in gold for those essential uses. Of course there are many other times when a notebook with an eSATA connection will be useful.

Doing my Internet searches found the Lindy USB 2.0 eSATA Adapter at a best price of £17.94 from the link below.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001FZ1UDA?ie=UTF8&tag=gadge0a-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634

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Imono UPH259 13 Port USB Switch

This is a 13 port switch as every port has an on/off button beside it so as little as one or all 13 can be switched on/off.

It is 19x5.x1.4cm, mine was matt black. A 1metre USB lead plugs into one end of the strip to connect to your PC/notebook.

Seven of the USB ports are on the left side with the other six on the top of the switch; the right half of the top has the 13 marked buttons that allow you to make each individual one live or dead to control the output of the switch. Beside each of the buttons is a tiny LED that shows if there is any power is going to that port or not.

Should you have a number of items that draw a reasonable amount of current there is a Y type power (USB) cable.

This is a very compact way to power a large number of USB devices my only thought is maybe there should be a mini and say a couple of micro USB ports as a large range of products use both or these types of USB ports.

Available from the link below for $29(US) plus $3(US) delivery charge whatever the size of your order.

http://usb.brando.com/imono-13-port-usb-hub-bar-with-on-off-switches_p01605c039d15.html

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