USB 3.0 cables for SATA notebook disks are now very low cost. They are sold for $5-6 postage paid from China. These cables are designed to connect a bare notebook hard dish to a USB port. Using 2 USB 3.0 SATA cables affords copying from one disk to another while providing a spare..

USB 3.0 powered hubs may lack the power needed for SATA cables. These cables work best directly connected to a machine.

USB 3.0 is 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The USB 3.0 cable will work with USB 2.0 albeit at the lower speeds, This makes the cable suitable for all machines for backups. No drivers are needed, this cable is recognized immediately.

The low cost cable is ideal for daily use for backups. Notebook disks are plentiful and they can offer 2TB or more of storage each. With USB 3.0 speed, the disks can run at their maximum speed.

ASM 1153E

The cable being reviewed here uses the ASMedia 1153E chip to provide the functionality. Windows however recognizes it as ASMT 2115, ASMedia provides this chip to many manufacturers who can customize it to their market requirements.

ASM1153E is the ASMedia third generation single chip solution, bridging the USB3.0 to Serial SATA host interface with highly integrated SuperSpeed USB3.0, High Speed USDB2.0 and SATA1.5/3.0/6.0 Gbps ASMedia self -designed PHYs. Along with excellent compatibility with USB3.0 host and SATA device, ASM1153E uses advanced process technology to optimize the chip power consumption. Furthermore, it is also pin-to-pin backward compatible with existing ASM1053.

  • Compliant with USB3.0 Specification Revision 1.0
  •  Compliant with USB Specification Revision 2.0
  •  Support USB Super-Speed, High-Speed and Full-Speed Operation
  •  Support Mass Storage Class, Bulk-Only Transport Specification Revision 1.3
  •  Support USB Attached SCSI Protocol Specification Revision 1.0
  •  Compliant with Serial ATA Specification Revision 3.0
  •  Serial ATA bus up to 6Gbps Signal bandwidth
  •  Support Spread Spectrum Control of USB3.0 and SATA interface to improve the EMI Performance
  •  Support ATA/ATAPI Packet Command Set
  •  Support ATA/ATAPI LBA48 addressing mode
  •  Integrated 8-bit micro-processor with embedded program RAM and ROM
  •  Support SPI NVRAM for Vender Specific Application of USB device Controller
  •  Support multi-GPIO pins
  •  Support programmable PWMs
  •  Support 20/25/30MHz with external crystal mode or 30MHz with Clock input mode via strapping
  •  Integrated two internal voltage regulator for IO power and Core
  • HBM ESD 2KV and MM ESD 200V

The 1153E is packaged in a small 6×6 pin QFN which makes the needed logic board small enough to be concealed inside the cable connector housing. There are very few additional components needed which makes the logic board very narrow.,


Bare hard disks are low cost and they can be stored off-line where they are safe. Multiple disks provide safety when the unthinkable happens. Windows 8 and above have File History and it can use a USB disk easily. 7-zip works well.

Bare hard disks are mass produced and are low in cost. The cable is agnostic to device thickness unlike mobile machines that changed from 9.5mm thickness to 7mm.

Using multiple disks with a rotation is a good idea considering the risks of ransomware,