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-- Posted on: 2006-10-30
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The Kama Connect from Scythe is far from being your typical USB enclosure. It does not shell the hard drive or drives, it simply plugs into their ports and is ready to go.  Needless to say, this is the PC tech and enthusiasts dream. This kit has the ability to attach an IDE drive, a SATA drive, or both at once.

A quick glance at the box gives you an idea of the ways you can use this device.

 

Scythe Kama Connect

Box Contents

Inside the box we have a power transformer, molex Y adaptor, USB cable, drivers on CD, and the Kama Connect itself.

Parts

The end of the power transformer is a standard molex connector that we all know and love.  It also includes a handy on/off switch so you don't inadvertently toast something when changing drives.

Molex

On/Off switch

Now let's move on to the device itself.  On one side you have the standard SATA power and data plugs.

SATA

And on the other side, you have a standard 40 pin EIDE plug.

EIDE

Finally we have the standard mini-USB plug and the molex connector. 

Molex and mini-USB

Here is a view from the top.

Top LEDs

Hooking up a hard drive is surprisingly easy.  For testing purposes we will use a variety of drives, starting with a Western Digital WD2500KS SATA drive.

Western Digital WD2500KS SATA

Its worth noting that the Western Digital (like most SATA hard drives produced today) has two options for power connectors.  You can use either the SATA power plug or a molex connection. 

Connections

Plugging both in at the same time leads to very, very bad things, so don't do it.  The Kama Connect acts as a molex to SATA converter, so plug the molex into the Kama Connect as shown.

Plugged in

Simply turn the power on and hook up the USB cable, and you're good to go.  EIDE drives are just as easy.  Connect the 40 pin connector into the drive and hook the molex directly in as shown.

EIDE Drive

You can also use a 2.5" laptop drive converter as well.

Laptop Hard Drive

You can also hook a SATA drive and an EIDE drive at the same time and run both at once.  This is perfect for transferring old information off an EIDE drive for use in a new system with SATA.

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