Need more storage space for your games on Steam? External hard drives are a great way to go! However, most cheaply made USB cables will go very slow and make your install times take forever. I found a solution to this not too long ago on Amazon, the Sabrent USB 3.0 to Sata/IDE Hard Drive Adapter. If you do not have USB 3.0 (the blue USB ports on your computer, this will not apply to you.)
The Sabrent Adapter (the adapter from now on) can transfer at speeds of 5Gbps, supports up to 4TB hard drives, and even comes with a power supply that connects to a power outlet to power the drive rather than taking power from USB. The adapter supports Sata, IDE 2.5/3.5, and even supports connecting disc drives. The base of it has the three connectors with two LEDs that show the status of the hard drive.
This quick video I made shows how it works and shows how fast it can go! If you don’t want to watch it there’s also a few screenshots.