Use this SATA to USB 3.0 cable for high-speed data transmission between your SSD and your single board computer.
No extra power supply is needed if you connect an SSD to your single board computer. Nevertheless, if you want to connect an 3.5 inch HDD, you’ll need to use an additional power supply which you can plug into the SATA connector.
The cable can be connected to the USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports. If you are using a USB 2.0 port, you won’t benefit of a high-speed transmission of course.
The SSD can be used as an extra drive while you continu to use your SD-card for the Operating System. But some single board computers (as the Raspberry Pi 4 for example) can boot from the USB-ports. This allows you to have the OS installed on your SSD. Having the OS installed on an SSD instead of the micro SD card has 3 main benefits :
- Firstly, it will increase the speed of your single board computer. Comparing with a standard class 10 micro-SD card, the difference is amazing : 5x faster or even more. Even the fastest micro-SD card is much slower than the SSD.
- Secondly, the reliability of your setup will improve. Indeed, micro-SD cards are originally made to store pictures, music and video. Using them for the Operating System of your computer is not ideal. The frequent read and write operations makes the micro-SD card the weakest element of your single board computer. In many cases this could mean a complete loss of all your work. On the other hand, SSD are used in millions of PC or laptops and have proven to be very reliable.
- Last but not least, the storage capacity of an SSD is in general much higher than the capacity of a micro-SD card.
- USB 3.0
- LED activity indicator
- high-speed transmission
- possible to connect an additional power supply (not necessary for SSD)
- cable length : 10 cm