The IT735 3.5" SATA enclosure is designed to make it easy and fast to install 3.5" desktop hard drive inside: push the button to open the top lid, slide the hard drive in, close the top lid, and your external hard drive is ready to be used. However, it is recommened you do fix the hard drive to the plastic chasis via the included screws for better vibration protection.
In addition to the convenient USB 2.0 port, this new 3.5" hard drive enclosure also have the e-SATA interface. Practically e-SATA can achieve much higher data transfer rate than USB 2.0 (and faster than USB 3.0 too) because there is no bridge chips involved. However, please note not all eSATA ports are hot-swappable by default, see FAQ section below.
Note: 3.5" IDE/ATA desktop hard drives are NOT supported. One of the easily-spot difference is the IDE drives with 44 sharp pins and SATA drives only 2 blocks of flat pins. If your hard drive is the old IDE/ATA type, then please buy the L803 3.5" IDE hard drive enclosure instead.
If you have a 2.5" laptop hard drive (a laptop hard drive weights around 150g/0.33lbs and a desktop hard drive weight around 1Kg/2.2lbs), then you need to buy either IT700 2.5" SATA hard drive enclosure
or Allcam 2.5" IDE laptop hard drive caddy
FAQ #1: Why my external hard drive enclosure is working on USB but not on eSATA?
You will have to enable the AHCI in bios first. A lot of low end mother boards will force ide emulation over sata ports for better compatibility, so if AHCI is not in the bios then it is not supported. To use eSATA without AHCI capability you would need to have the external drive powered on before you start the computer each time, or go to Device Manager to scan new hardware if connected after computer powered on.
FAQ #2: Why my external hard drive is not showing in "My Computer" / "Computer"?
Most likely the hard drive is either not formatted (such as a new hard drive) or in a incompatible format (such as hard drives pulled from a Win 98 or Linux computer). Please follow the steps in "Quick Start Guide" to format the hard drive and it will be shown as a new driver under "My Computer".
In addition to the convenient USB 2.0 port, this new hard drive enclosure also have the e-SATA interface. Practically e-SATA can achieve much higher data transfer rate than USB 2.0 (and faster than USB 3.0 too) because there is no bridge chips involved.
Dimensions: 20 x 11 x 3.4 cm (L x W x H), Weight: 300g, This 3.5" SATA hard drive enclosure comes with accessories include USB2.0 AB cable, AC adapter, Quick-start Guide, Driver in CD-ROM (only required for windows 98)
Allcam also have the following hard drive enclosures/docking stations available: <ul> <li> <a href=http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000V8KQE6>USB2.0 3.5" SATA hard drive enclosure in Black </a> <li> <a href=http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000JK769E>Black 3.5" IDE/ATA hard drive enclosure </a> <li> <a href=http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001FEONM6>eSATA docking station for 3.5" and 2.5" SATA hard drives </a> <li> <a href=http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000V8I5GW>Black USB2.0 enclosure 2.5" SATA laptop hard drives </a> <li> <a href=http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000RA8VA4>USB2.0 enclosure 2.5" IDE/ATA Laptop hard drives</a> <li> <a href=http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004LO59MK>USB 3.0 3.5 inch SATA hard drive enclosure</a> </ul>