Tripp Lite eSATA (SATA-II) Signal Cable - P950-36I

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I ordered both the Fantom 1TB G-Force External Hard Drive (Dual Interface, eSATA and USB 2.0, 7200RPM) and Tripp Lite eSATA (SATA-II) Signal External Cable. The drive arrived in a few days after ordering with regular shipping, and the eSATA cable arrived the following day. The drive is very light-weight, and its solid aluminum casing is an impressive +/- 0.25 inches thick. The following review assumes: (1) I have a computer with eSATA cable connection to juice the file transfer speed; (2) I have Windows Vista Ultimate, 64 bit version (latest service pack and updates as of the writing of this review on 02/08/2009). Simply remove the drive from the box, plug in the adapter to a powerstrip (I recommend one with a circuit breaker to shield from power surges). Connect the eSATA cable. (Remember that eSATA cables are usually limited in length to approximately 3 feet, and apparently this is a limitation of physics for this lightning fast transfer cable.) Place the drive on the included plastic (chrome plated) stand or lay it on its side. The drive gets luke-warm, not hot, so you can safely lay it on its side. The drive is hot-swappable so you don't have to reboot. I strongly recommend formatting the drive to the NTFS file system. To do so, right-click the drive letter, in my case drive (G:) and select Format. I selected the following: File system: NTFS; Allocation unit size: 512 bytes. (I did NOT check Quick Format to allow Format to check for damaged sectors and so forth.) After selecting Start, the drive takes approximately 90 minutes (maybe less) to format. To verify the Fantom drive does not have bad sectors, right-click the Fantom drive letter, and select: Properties; Tools tab; Check Now. Select the following Check disk options: (1) Automatically fix file system errors; and (2) Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors. Select Start. This process takes approximately 90 minutes. To my delight, this Fantom drive is perfect with no file system errors or bad sectors. The real test of performance is when I backed-up over 155GB, which is my entire drive contents, in less than half an hour!! Amazing. I'm talking about creating a mirror image of my drive as follows: right-click the Fantom drive letter. Select: Properties; Tools tab; and Backup Now. IMPORTANT: Then click Complete PC Backup. Select Create a backup now (back up everything needed to restore your system). After the message Looking for backup devices appears momentarily, select the Fantom drive letter from the pulldown menu of choices where to backup your drive. Click Next. Check all of the drives you wish to backup. Click Next. In under half an hour, over 155GB consisting of a mirror image of all my software and files was backed up to the Fantam drive. The speed of an eSATA connection and this well engineered drive is simply unbelievable. I've never been thrilled by drive technology until now.

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My new Fantom drive was recognized immediately by our Scientific Atlantic 8300 HD DVR (Cox Cable) box using this eSATA cable. Works great.

-Anonymous quote

Worked perfectly. Very satisfied.

on 9/25/2007

Used to connect my Seagate Free Agent 750 to my DirecTv HR20. No problems. Read More

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on 5/14/2008

Connected my external 1TB using this and it works like a charm. A++ Read More

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Product Overview

Tripp Lite expands its line of hard drive cables with the introduction of our new line of eSATA ( SATA II ) cables. This 36" data cable connects any high speed eSATA drive, PVR/DVR, or SETOP box to an eSATA controller. SATA-II delivers higher data transfer rates (up to 3 Gbps), and the double-shielded cable design is perfect for the new generation of External SATA -II drives. SATA-II drives offer 6 times the transfer rate of USB & Firewire external drives. These cables feature 7-pin straight latching (Male) and offer easy installation. Tripp Lite warrants this product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for life.


Manufacturer Tripp Lite
Mfg Part# P950-36I
SKU 203001124
UPC 037332130969
UPC 14 00037332130969
Product Type Data Transfer Cable / Data Transfer Cable
Connector on First End 1 x 7-pin eSATA / 1 x 7-pin eSATA
Connector on Second End 1 x 7-pin eSATA / 1 x 7-pin eSATA
Cable Type SATA / SATA
Brand Name Tripp Lite / Tripp Lite
Manufacturer Tripp Lite / Tripp Lite
Product Name eSATA (SATA-II) Signal Cable / eSATA (SATA-II) Signal Cable
Manufacturer Part Number P950-36I / P950-36I
Package Contents eSATA (SATA-II) Signal Cable / eSATA (SATA-II) Signal Cable
Limited Warranty Lifetime / Lifetime
Cable Length 3 ft / 3 ft
Tech Specs
Product Type Data Transfer Cable
Manufacturer Part Number P950-36I
Manufacturer Website Address
Manufacturer Tripp Lite
Product Name eSATA (SATA-II) Signal Cable
Brand Name Tripp Lite
Additional Information Connector: Straight, latched
Package Contents eSATA (SATA-II) Signal Cable
Certifications & Standards RoHS
Cable Length 36"
Conductor Copper
Connector on First End 1 x 7-pin eSATA
Connector on Second End 1 x 7-pin eSATA
Cable Type SATA
Standard Warranty Lifetime

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