I have a laptop (Dell Precision M 6700) with an eSATA plug and some free USB ports. What type of cable do I need to plug the SATA SSD to the eSATA and power it? Is there a cable with eSATA on a side and data + power SATA plugs on the other side? I have looked on some seller websites but I don't know how this cable is named.

I already have an external USB hard drive enclosure, I can put in it a SATA drive in order to connect it through USB but I think it will be slower with USB interface instead of eSATA.

Edit: I found the SATA 22 Pin to eSATA Data + USB Power Cable cable @ NewEgg and SATA 22 pin to eSATA USB @ Amazon.fr. Is it the right type of cable? Will it deliver enough power to the SSD?

  • the newegg link should work if the drive is a 2.5" drive. the larger 3.5" drives require more power than USB can typically provide. – вʀaᴎᴅᴏƞ вєнᴎєƞ Nov 24 '14 at 17:02
  • What you need is what you already have Its not clear the reason you think it will be slower if you have an eSATA enclosure. – Ramhound Nov 24 '14 at 17:02
  • @BrandonB: this is a SSD 2.5" drive. – A.L Nov 24 '14 at 17:02
  • @Ramhound: this is a USB2 hard drive enclosure. – A.L Nov 24 '14 at 17:03
  • I am not sure you will notice a huge difference between eSATA and a USB 3.0 enclosure to be honest unless your talking about a SSD. Why are you asking if a SATA to eSATA cable will provide enough power, of course it will, that's the entire point of the cable. – Ramhound Nov 24 '14 at 17:09
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I bought a SATA 22 pin to eSATA USB and it worked.

Here is the cable model:

SATA 22 pin to eSATA USB

Image source: Amazon.

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