SATA connection

  ruskle 19:41 07 Aug 2010

I have recently bought a new Toshiba Laptop after my Packard Bell laptop went US, the the high street store refunded most of my money and told me to scrap the PB after I provided an engineers report, I sold it to a repair shop after I removed the 500gb HD.
I bought a SATA caddy and use it for external backups with the 500 gb HD. The cable with the caddy has USB connection
How do I(if it is possible) connect the caddy USB cable to my Toshiba Sata connection?
Will I need a new SATA cable for the caddy?
The socket on the Toshiba is a USB and SATA dual socket.
I am now using the hard drive as a storage unit and using Acronis to back up the main hard drive to it.

The Packard Bell was 13 months old and the motherboard failed.

Thanks in advance.

  gengiscant 11:01 08 Aug 2010

What model is your Toshiba?

  ruskle 20:04 08 Aug 2010

It's a Satellite L505-144 and the handbook says the USB connection is dual purpose with SATA.
The cable from the caddy is only USB with a small USB on the caddy end.

I don't suppose it makes much difference regarding speed as I do my Acronis backup while I am away from the laptop.


  ruskle 20:06 08 Aug 2010

I forgot to add that the other USB sockets are just that USB.


  BRYNIT 21:27 08 Aug 2010

Just plug your USB cable from your caddy into the E-SATA/USB combo port.

The E-SATA/USB combo port it will accept either a E-SATA or USB connector.

  ruskle 09:50 10 Aug 2010

That's what I am doing but I thought maybe if I had a proper SATA cable it would transfer files faster.

I will continue with what I do.

Thank you,

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