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Solved: External SSD: internal connectors aren't what I hoped

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by rickyjo, Dec 1, 2014.

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  1. rickyjo

    rickyjo Thread Starter

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    Good evening, all!
    I traded for an external SSD on craigslist with the baseless expectation that inside I would find a typical internal SSD (like you generally see with external platter drives). To my surprise, the contacts that peak out of the shell, are the only contacts it has! It's a micro-usb with a supplemental connector, I believe it's a USB 3.0 Micro-B plug:
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    Clarification: this is the cable that would plug into the SSD; my SSD does not have built-in male connectors

    I'm not seeing any adapters from Micro-b to Sata, and if I did I don't know what kind of performance hit I would take. Another thought would be just running my operating system over USB3. It's Cyber Monday and I've got my eye on this 128GB SSD for $50: http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Digital-2-5-Inch-SV300S37A-120G/dp/B00A1ZTZOG/ref=pd_cp_pc_0. Money is a little tight, can that stupid external be salvaged for significant performance increases over platter? Or do I have to spring the money?
    Thank you!
     
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    rickyjo Thread Starter

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    Couldn't find anything and decided to make the purchase before bed.
     
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