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SATA to USB adapter using Xbox data transfer cable

This instructable will show you how to transform a normal Xbox data transfer cable into a full SATA to USB cable.

Added bonus: It will still work as an Xbox data transfer cable after we are through!
 
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Step 1: Parts List

Picture of Parts List
You will need:

1. A 12v Switching Power supply capable of 1A.
2. A power plug that fits said power supply
3. A piece of wire (about 3.5" long)
4. An Xbox data transfer cable
5. A full size SATA hard drive
6. A hot glue gun with a stick of glue ready
7. tin snips or pair of heavy duty scissors
8. A little time
9. (optional) patience

Step 2:

A note on the power supply and plug.

I have stressed the word switching as it is very important. A normal "wall wart" is an unregulated voltage source. It will put out the correct voltage ONLY when it has about 50% to 60% of the rated amperage being pulled from it. Output voltage will also fluctuate with the line voltage. For a hard drive this spells disaster. A hard drive needs a REGULATED and CONSTANT voltage.

It's always a good idea to make sure the plug fits the power supply! XO
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