- Product Dimensions: 24 x 5.4 x 18 cm ; 699 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 748 g
- ASIN: B0064VE5T6
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 Dec. 2011
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (361 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,452 in Computers (See Top 100 in Computers)
3.5 inch 3.5'' HDD EXTERNAL HARD DISK DRIVE CASE USB 2.0 ENCLOSURE LED Indicator 1000gb win7 PC & MAC TECHNOPRO® (3.5" SATA)
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- Please Note: This is a SATA type, not IDE type.
- Size: 153 x 105 x 27 mm
- Plug and play, hot swappable connection
- Active LED Indicator
- Supported Win98SE/ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 8.6 up
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3.5" Portable Hard Disk Enclosure for PC and Mac. Supports all 3.5" High SATA Notebook Hard Disk Drive. Compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 standards. USB 2.0 high speed transfer rate (480mb/sec, 40 times USB 1.1). Easy to install and use, SATAal for data storage/backup/sharing. Use it to back up your important data, and store it in a safe place. Super Slim Design, easy for storage. Power supplied by external power adaptor.
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In the box:
-The enclosure itself
-A USB cable to connect it to the computer
-Installation disk (not needed on my copy of Vista)
-Power transformer and UK plug cord
-Weirdly, a European travel adaptor plug (of no use to me with this device, but will be handy for other things, I guess).
Disconcerted by the lack of instructions, but I figured I knew what I was doing; popped the end off the case (no tools required - apart from an old biro); I had wondered whether it would ome with the appropriate internal ribon cables, but needn't have feared. plugged the hard disk in, slid the disk into the enclosure (taking care not to trap cables). Plugged in the power cable, powered it up, attached USB cable and seconds later had a USB drive that I was happily transferring from.
Tried it with a Seagate drive (which fitted quite snuggly - possibly thanks to their rubber 'sea shield' case). Also tried with a Maxtor drive which seems to be considerably slimmer and does rattle a bit.
Not quite as ugly as I was expecting from other reviews and for it's price this is an excellent buy - and is better than a considerably more expensive Akasa Enclosure I bought some time ago for a SATA drive
It comes with power adaptor and USB cable.
Assembly details: Pop the connector end off. Plug the molex and IDE connector into your hard disk. Attach the 2 plastic mounts - the lugs fit into the hard disk mounting screw holes, and slide into the case. It is a tight fit but this means it won't rattle about afterwards. Plug in the power, and attach it to your PC / media player with the USB cable. Total time taken <5 minutes.
PC (windows 7, 64 bit) found the drive immediately. It works. Power LED changes colour when disk is accessed.
Only 4 stars because power cable for adaptor and supplied USB cable are both very short. Otherwise a perfect, low cost means of transforming an internal IDE disk to an external USB drive.
Updated to 5 stars - Power supply failed - I emailed the supplier who replied immediately to say that not only were they replacing it, but that they would supply an upgraded (longer) power cable - I had not mentioned it to them, I can only suppose they read my review.
I had a handful of such drives laying around and was of the mind that it might be time to dispose with them..
At the same time, I was looking to buy myself a new 250gb+ external drive, for backing up etc.
A thought then struck me.. 'Why spend £40-£50 on a new drive, when I've got perfectly good IDE drives laying around doing nothing?'
Surely spending a tenner on a drive caddy makes more sense than spending five times as much on a new drive?
Plus, all those unused drives can be given a new lease of life, rather than just ending up as electrial waste.. after all, we are told that recycling is the way forward and we should all be trying to reuse & recycle items..
I have several IDE drives that I wanted to use, so I had no need to use the whole of the caddy, just the front panel with the connectors.
The required drive is connected up, the panel is plugged in to the power and USB, then I'm ready to go..
I am able to swap over the drives as and when I need to, then read/write to them (making sure to switch off the panel between changes).
OK, this might not be as slick and effortless as a proper external drive, but at least I'm getting some use out of my old drives,instead of dumpimg them on the increasing electrical-goods waste mountain... not to mention leaving the extra £30-£40 in my bank account.
One minor problem has arisen.. the caddy is USB2.0, but I have had trouble getting it to read/write at this speed from certain USB slots.
Indeed it will only read/write at USB2.0 speed if plugged directly into a motherboard USB slot.
My motherboard is a mere 6 months old and I've had no problems with other USB devices, so I can only assume that this is some quirk with using this kind of USB caddy.
So why didn't I give it 5 Stars. Basically it's because there are no instructions so you have to figure out for youself how to open up the case and fit the disk.
First callenge - open the case. You have to push plastic circular lugs at each end to remove the caps. You have to push them very hard to the extent that I thought I was doing something wrong at first.
Second challenge - fitting the disk. Looked a bit of a loose fit then I noticed two plastic rectangles. I realised these fit into the disk screw holes and slot into the aluminium casing.
Third challenge - getting it to work. At first the caddy was detected but couldn't see the disk - thought it was faulty. Then I recalled reading somewhere that you must set the disk as MASTER not SLAVE. Did this and it worked fine.
Nothing particularly hard to figure out but some instructions would have been nice.
Once the disk is fitted properly, works very well indeed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only marked 4 stars as one of the 2 plastic lugs snapped off when trying to open it for the first time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by GeorgeB
Poorly made, as I dreaded, the tabs broke off straight away then had an IO error when the hard drive was connected....don't bother!Published 5 months ago by PetePoweredUp
It works - only snag was that to open you can't avoid breaking a piece of retaining plastic - it still works but it's not a high quality build.Published 5 months ago by Dr. D. Crowther
Assembly in five minutes. Plugged in and worked fine no problems.
Just what needed for my spare HD. Nice.