NewerTech AdaptaDrive

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Adapta Drive with SSD Mercury Electra 6G


1.1 Package Contents

  • AdaptaDrive Adapter
  • (8) Drive Mounting Screws

Getting Started

2.1 Device Setup

The NewerTech AdaptaDrive is compatible with any 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD that uses a standard SATA connector. It allows you to use these drives within spaces that were originally designed for 3.5 inch SATA drives. The example below shows the AdaptaDrive (with an SSD connected) mounted inside a multi-bay, 3.5 inch drive enclosure.

Thunderbay 4 with AdaptaDrive (with an SSD connected)

1. Slide the connector for the 2.5 inch SATA drive into the SATA connector on the NewerTech AdaptaDrive.

SSD Mercury Electra 6G

2. Holding the SATA drive in place, turn the AdaptaDrive over. Notice the four recessed, oval shaped screw holes.

AdaptaDrive back view

3. There are eight Phillips head screws included. Use the four screws with a smaller head to fasten the AdaptaDrive to the SATA drive.

  • Once the screws are fastened the top view should look like the photo below. The AdaptaDrive can now be integrated with your desktop computer or drive enclosure.
AdaptaDrive back view
AdaptaDrive with SSD Mercury Electra 6G

4. Insert the AdaptaDrive into the computer or enclosure of your choice. Four additional screws are included, but you may find that your computer or enclosure already includes screws or other mounting components.

  • The NewerTech AdaptaDrive can be installed into your computer's 3.5 inch SATA drive bays as well. The example below shows the AdaptaDrive being installed into a Mac Pro.
AdaptaDrive with SSD Mercury Electra 6G
AdaptaDrive with SSD Mercury Electra 6G instaled into a Mac Pro

Support Resources

3.1 Troubleshooting

  • If after setting up your AdaptaDrive you are unable to see the connected drive on your computer, the first thing to check is the SATA connection.
  • If installed in a computer, shut the computer down, disconnect the power and verify that the AdaptaDrive is fully seated into the drive bay (or that it is fully connected to the SATA cable, if applicable).
  • If installed into an external enclosure, first disconnect the enclosure from the computer. If the enclosure has a dedicated power supply, make sure the unit is powered off and disconnect the power supply.
  • Check the SATA connection to ensure the AdaptaDrive is not partially connected.
  • If you are still experiencing problems, OWC support is here to help. Please have your serial number ready which can be located on the NewerTech AdaptaDrive and printed on the original packaging. Please see section 4.4 "Contacting Support" for contact information.

3.2 About Data Backup

To ensure that your files are protected and to prevent data loss, we strongly suggest that you keep two copies of your data: on either your internal drive or another storage medium, such as an optical backup, or on another external storage unit. Any data loss or corruption while using the NewerTech AdaptaDrive is the sole responsibility of the user, and under no circumstances may OWC, its parents, partners, affiliates, officers, employees, or agents be held liable for loss of the use of data including compensation of any kind or recovery of the data.

3.3 Online Resources

3.4 Contacting Support

3.5 About This Manual

The images and descriptions may vary slightly between this manual and the unit shipped. Functions and features may change depending on the firmware version. The latest product details and warranty information can be found on the product web page. OWC’s Limited Warranty is not transferable.

General Use Precautions

  • To avoid damage, do not expose the device to temperatures outside the following ranges:
    • Environmental (Operating)
      • Temperature (ºF): 41º — 95º
      • Temperature (ºC): 5º — 35º
    • Environmental (Non-Operating)
      • Temperature (ºF): -4º — 140º
      • Temperature (ºC): -20º — 60º
    • Protect your device from excessive exposure to dust during use or storage. Dust can build up inside the device, increasing the risk of electrical shock, short-circuiting, or fire.
    • Do not block any ventilation openings while using the device. These help to keep the device cool during operation. Blocking the ventilation openings may increase the risk of electrical shock, short-circuiting, or fire.

    Safety Precautions

    • Use proper anti-static precautions when handling this device. Failure to do so can increase the risk of electrical shock or short-circuiting.
    • Never expose your device to rain, or use it near water, or in damp wet conditions. Never place objects containing liquids on the device, as they may spill everywhere and into the openings. This will increase the risk of electrical shock, short-circuiting, fire, or personal injury.
    • To avoid any risk of electrical shock, short-circuiting, fire, or dangerous emissions, never insert any metallic object into the device.
    • Please cease use of the device and contact OWC Support if it appears to be malfunctioning.

    Terms & Conditions of Sale


    The NewerTech AdaptaDrive has a 5 Year OWC Limited Warranty. For up-to date product and warranty information, please visit NewerTech AdaptaDrive Product Page.


    The material in this document is for information purposes only and subject to change without notice. While reasonable efforts have been made in the preparation of this document to assure its accuracy, OWC, its parent, partners, affiliates, officers, employees, and agents assume no liability resulting from errors or omissions in this document, or from the use of the information contained herein. OWC reserves the right to make changes or revisions in the product design or the product manual without reservation and without obligation to notify any person of such revisions and changes.

    FCC Statement

    Warning! Modifications not authorized by the manufacturer may void the user’s authority to operate this device.
    NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference with radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

    • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
    • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
    • Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

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