At one time or another, just about every solution provider out there encounters a dead system, in which the only recoverable components are the hard drives and the data in them. The typical course of action is to remove the hard drives and install them on another system back at the shop—a slow and costly process, for sure.
But what if the data could be recovered instantly? The answer lies in a palm-size adapter from Poway, Calif.-based Apricorn Inc., called DriveWire. The DriveWire adapter connects IDE, SATA and Notebook IDE/PATA drives. Each side of the device hooks to a different hard drive. Power is supplied through a power adapter that provides the five volts needed to run the hard drives.
DriveWire - Universal Hard Drive Adapter
DriveWire - Universal Hard Drive AdapterIDE / PATA / SATA to USB HDD Adapter
DriveWire – USB Connection to any hard drive or SSD as easy at 1-2-3.
Apricorn’s DriveWire Universal Hard Drive Adapter is the perfect tool for IT departments, techies, or anyone that needs to interface to a hard drive. Simple and easy to use, DriveWire provides a USB interface to virtually any PATA/IDE or SATA hard drive, 2.5” or 3.5”.
DriveWire is the ideal solution for transferring the data from a desktop or notebook PC to a new hard drive in a few easy steps. It makes what can otherwise be a daunting and tricky process, painless and easy.
DriveWire is bundled with Apricorn's "Upgrade Suite" which features the award winning EZ Gig cloning software with Data Select for Windows and Shirt Pocket's SuperDuper! for Mac. When used together, DriveWire makes it easy to transfer your OS, data, applications, documents, address books, e-mail, settings and preferences from the old drive to a new drive, in few easy steps.
Start by attaching the new 2.5" or 3.5" hard drive to the appropriate connector on DriveWire's cable head. Then connect the AC power adapter and the USB cable. Now, boot up your computer using the Upgrade Suite bootable CD and make and exact clone of the old drive onto a new drive. After the transfer is completed, install the new hard drive into the desktop or notebook, and the computer will boot up just like normal.
DriveWire includes: Apricorn's Upgrade Suite with EZ Gig Cloning software with Data Select for Windows and Shirt Pocket's SuperDuper! for Mac, a hybrid adapter that connects to any 2.5" , 3.5" IDE/PATA or SATA Hard Drive, USB 2.0 cable (USB 1.1 compatible) and high quality UL Listed power adapter.
This unique adapter provides a SATA connector for the new style drives as well as 44 pin connector for a 2.5" Notebook IDE/PATA Hard Drive and 40 pin connector for a standard 3.5" IDE/PATA Hard Drive, allowing you to connect a hard drive to any desktop or notebook computer with a USB 2.0 port. This is the perfect solution for anyone needing immediate or temporary access to a Hard Drive.
You won't need to buy a different enclosure for every Hard Drive or worry about whether or not you have enough power through your USB ports run the device. Because DriveWire is guaranteed to safely provide all the power you need and it is compatible with all of today's 2.5, 3.5 IDE/PATA or SATA Hard Drives. When you combine DriveWire with Apricorn's Upgrade Suite you will have the perfect solution to upgrade the hard drive on all of today's most popular desktop and notebook computers.
EZ Gig enables you to clone your hard drive in just three simple steps
Apricorn's EZ Gig transfers all of your data, settings, OS and email from your computer's internal drive to an external drive in just three simple steps. Once the clone is complete, simply swap out your notebook drive with the new one and your notebook is instantly upgraded.
Upgrading your system to a high performance 7,200 RPM hard drive
For most applications, a standard 5,400 RPM notebook drive provides great performance, but what if you are looking for even greater speeds?
In addition to increasing capacity, Apricorn's high performance 7,200 RPM drives can also increase your notebook's speed. The fastest available hard drive for notebook computers, Apricorn's Xtreme Drives have a 70% faster spindle speed and a 400% larger cache over 4200 RPM drives. These drives can improve overall system performance by 30%, providing desktop performance in a notebook computer.
Due to the higher spin rate of a high performance 7,200 RPM drive, you will need an upgrade kit with an AC Apdapter for additional power.
Compatible with 2.5 and 3.5 inch SATA or PATA/IDE hard drive and SSDs
3-step upgrade process
Included Hard Drive Cloning Software -- Create an exact duplicate or your hard drive with EZ Gig or ShirtPocket SuperDuper!
USB 2.0 interface to any hard drive or SSD
Portable design -- No Enclosure - Just connect adapter directly to hard drive
Apricorn's Upgrade Suite Software CD
EZ Gig with Data Select – enables you to clone over just the folders you want
ShirtPocket SuperDuper! for Mac software
Worry free 3 year warranty
USB Cable (A to Mini B)
Quick Start Guide
Upgrade Suite Software CD
EZ Gig Cloning Software with Data Select
When using a 7200 RPM drive or a 3.5” hard drive, Apricorn's AC Adapter is recommended
|Data Transfer Rate||USB 2.0 - up to 480mbps|
|Power Supply||DC Output: +5V/1.6A, +12V/1.8A|
|Interface||Hi-Speed USB 2.0 to SATA or 2.5 IDE/PATA (40Pin) or 3.5 IDE/PATA(44Pin)|
|Dimensions||19mm X 84.5mm X 120mm (0.75” X 3.3” X 4.7”) weight: 5.5oz.|
|Warranty||1 year limited|
|Approvals||FCC, UL & CE|
|System Requirements||PC Requirements
CD-ROM Drive,128MB RAM, Pentium® CPU II, available USB port
Supported Operating Systems: Windows® 7, XP® & Vista™
CD-ROM Drive, Apple® G3 or later, 64 MB RAM, available USB port
Supported Operating Systems: Mac® OS 9.2 or later & Mac OS X 10.2 or later
As good as it gets! Review by pcour
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As an IT Pro I have used this device countless times to upgrade systems and recover data. Want to respond to POSSIBRU comment about 3.5 Pata drive. He is right the documentation is misleading. It does not tell you to plug the supplied power cable into the drive itself and not into the drive. Plugging the power cable into the drive will power it up. (Posted on 7/28/13)
It's great, but... Review by possibru
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I've had this product since 2011. I bought it online from a different site. I love this, don't get me wrong. My hard drive for my previous laptop was fried and without this product, I would have truly lost everything. For other SATA drives (laptop ones), I use this product to weave my files around and have made it a staple for making several external hard drives.
HOWEVER! They fail to mention that when you hook up...let's say a PATA desktop hard drive, you need to have it hooked up to another power source, otherwise it doesn't turn on and you can't access it. At first, this wasn't a problem, however, my desktop computer won't start at all now, and now I can't access the drive because I don't have an ac power cable to power up the drive itself while hooked up to this adapter. So technically, this product only delivers half of what it says it can do. (Because without the extra power support for PATA/IDE drives, it doesn't work at all.) (Posted on 2/8/13)
Data Recovery Review by Randy
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This is a great device I've used many times to recover my daughter's laptop HDs and HDs belonging to friends.
Well worth the price and extremely easy to use! Don't wait, buy it now!! (Posted on 1/11/12)
Excellent solution for troubleshooting Drives Review by Paul H
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I originally used the DriveWire to clone my paltry 160GB Notebook HDD to a 500GB unit and ultimately to a 640GB unit.
Meanwhile, (as an IT guy) I find attaching an infected HDD using the DriveWire and running a malware scan on it effectively rids the drive of a lot of malware (such as the Fake-AV strains). When I replace the HDD into the original PC the rogue is disabled and an additional scan removes the residuals.
I've been a fan of Apricorn solutions since 1995 and recommend their solutions to all my peers. Their Ez Gig software is a reliable solution to Image and Clone PC systems (regardless of the operating system). Simple boot to the CD and go! (Posted on 10/3/11)
Extremely Useful Drive Interface Review by SoCalVic
Price Value Quality
Very compact device but works as designed with IDE, PATA, and SATA drives. Use it for data recovery all the time. Much easier and less expensive than buying a USB enclosure for a drive that you know is either marginal or going bad. One of my best work tools! (Posted on 9/30/11)
Can the DriveWire be used with the older USB 1.1 port?
Will the DriveWire work with 1.8” laptop drives?
Can the DriveWire be used without the cloning software?
Can the DriveWire be used to recover data off an old drive?
What Mac software is included with my DriveWire?
Shirt Pocket SuperDuper! is the wildly acclaimed program that makes recovery painless, because it makes creating a fully bootable backup painless. It’s incredibly clear, friendly interface is understandable, easy to use. And it runs beautifully on both Intel and Power PC Macs! SuperDuper’s interface confirms all your actions in simple, clear language to ensure that the end result is exactly what you intended.
What should I do if the EZ GIG software is displaying an error indicating the block sizes are not compatible?
This error means that EZ GIG cannot determine the block size of one of the hard disks to be cloned. The only method to get past this error is for the user to clone the drives “backwards” (Steps provided below). This means that the drive being cloned from (Source) must be connected directly to the Apricorn adapter via USB and the drive being cloned to (Destination) must be connected internally in the PC onto the motherboard. Since the original drive cannot be booted to at this time, the user must boot directly to the EZ GIG CD by selecting their boot menu key and then the CDROM device at startup. When asked to select the Source and Destination, the Source will be the drive on the Apricorn adapter (usually disk 2), and the Destination will be the drive inside the PC (usually disk 1).
If the previous suggestion does not help, we recommend using an Apricorn USB 3.0 upgrade kit. Our USB 3.0 upgrade kits can be found here: http://www.apricorn.com/products/notebook-hard-drive-upgrade-kits.html
WARNING: While booted from the EZ GIG bootable CD, it is very important for you to know that it is possible to accidentally overwrite (delete) the data on your hard drive. To prevent such an accident, be very careful to pick your old hard drive (now currently attached to the USB port) as the Source drive, and that the Destination drive (now mounted internal to the PC) is your new blank hard drive. If you are uncertain of the Source and Destination, stop and call our tech support. Apricorn cannot be held responsible for your data loss, and we want to do everything possible to help prevent such loss.
Procedure to clone drives “backwards”.
Please read the instructions completely before starting:
If your product came with Apricorn’s bootable CD, proceed to “Shut down the computer”.
Create the bootable CD.
- While booted in Windows, launch the EZ GIG application, and select the option to “Create Bootable Media”.
- Insert a blank CD or DVD into your optical drive.
- Follow the steps to create the bootable media.
Shut down the computer and switch the hard drives.
- Shut down the computer, and remove the hard drive from inside your computer and connect it to the Apricorn device you purchased (refer to your computer manufacturer’s manual for specific instructions on how to remove the internal drive).
- Take your new (blank) hard drive and install it in your computer, connected to the motherboard.
Boot from the CD:
- Follow your computer manufacturer’s instructions for changing the boot order. Often times, pressing the F12 key during computer startup will bring up a boot menu that allows you to choose the CD as the boot device.
- Once booted, EZ GIG will display a listing of hard drives it finds in the computer. You will find that your old hard drive is listed as USB. Select it as your Source and click “Next”.
- When choosing the Destination, the Source drive you selected in step 2 will be greyed out. Your new drive will be displayed by Model and Size, and will be selectable. Choose the new drive as the Destination, and then click the Next button.
- Complete the EZ GIG cloning wizard by clicking “Next”. EZ GIG will challenge you one last time and ask you to verify the Source and Destination. Once you are confident you have selected correctly, click “Start Clone”.
- The cloning process usually finishes in a few minutes. Once completed, you should eject the CD from the optical drive.
- Then shut down the computer using the Power button on the computer.
- Disconnect the USB Apricorn device.
Turn on the computer, which will now boot from the new hard drive.