How to use this for 2 drives in one laptop:
- Put the faster HDD/SSD into the hard drive bay of the laptop, and install the slower one in the bay. Remove the optical disk drive (ODD), put it into the external case and install the hard drive case inside the laptop's ODD bay. Voilà, now you have two drives and can still use the DVD or Bluray drive via USB 2.0.
At the time of writing this review the best consumer SSD (that makes a significant speed difference when booting, starting programs and opening files (such as RAW images, 1080p movies etc.) is the SAMSUNG 830 SSD.
The 128GB version sells for around GBP70 and the faster 256GB one for roughly GBP140.
I recommend using HDDs with a max speed of 5400rpm in the ODD bay if your laptop is a cheap consumer grade one. This will reduce annoying vibration transmitted through the chassis and will keep the laptop quiet. My Dell Vostro 3560 runs with a 128GB Samsung 830 SSD (SATA3, 7mm height, Windows 7 64Bit with all programs) in the HDD port and a 1000GB Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 (SATA3, 9.5mm height, personal data such as documents, music, books, videos, pictures etc.) in the ODD bay.
+ Excellent value
+ Matte finish of the external drive case
+ Easy of use
+ Solid build quality
+ Supports SSDs/HDDs up to 12.7mm height
+ ODD cover can be attached to the bay and thus does not ruin the aesthetics
+ Works with most laptops
- Not USB 3.0
- Does not fit in my older Dreamcom 10 laptop (which has a unibody with a non-standard slot-in ODD)
- Cable relatively short
- ODD ports still only run max at SATA2 speed (~300MB/s)
VERDICT: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Alternatives: SilverStone TS06 (SST-TS06) (more expensive, prone to scratches)