Subject: Re: USB -> ATA Adaptors
To: Bruce J.A. Nourish <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/29/2003 15:04:53
In message <>, "Bruce J.A. Nourish" writes:
>On Mon, Sep 29, 2003 at 12:27:47PM -0400, Andy Ball wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Can anyone point me in the direction of a
>> USB -> ATA adaptor that works with umass?
>For 2.5" or 3.5" drives?
>I bought a $20 2.5" hard drive adaptor off eBay and it works perfectly.
>I don't know the brand name (it wasn't a well-known brand) so I'm 
>can't tell you much more than that :-(. 
>I think USB mass storage devices are fairly standardized. There is
>a strong motive for manufacturers to do so, because recent versions 
>of Windows ship with generic drivers for common methods of 
>implementing mass storage over USB, and one of the selling points
>of USB drives is that work practically anywhere without needing 
>custom drivers.

I wish that were true on NetBSD.  On 1.6.1, I can use my flash-based 
USB dongle but not my USB floppy; on -current, it's the other way 

		--Steve Bellovin,