DIGIFLEX 2.5 Sata to USB Hard Drive Caddy HDD Enclosure Case Laptop and PC parts
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|Sold By||Digiflex||SLJ Trading||PJP ELECTRONICS||Amazon.co.uk||Back To School Deals - Bipra Limited|
|Colour||—||Black||Black||Silver / Aluminium||—|
|Hardware Interface||—||USB 3.0||—||USB 2.0||—|
|Item Dimensions||15.01 x 12.4 x 2.39 cm||13.5 x 1.5 x 7.4 cm||—||7.5 x 12.5 x 1.2 cm||—|
|Item Weight||100 grams||57 grams||—||60 grams||—|
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DIGIFLEX 2.5 Sata to USB Hard Drive Caddy - HDD Enclosure Case- Laptop and PC
Enables you to transfer your Hard Drive into a Portable Data Storage
It supports 2.5" SATA Hard Drives any speed up to 5400rpm.
Solid Aluminium body for protection and excellent heat dissipation
Supports both Hi-Speed USB 2.0 480Mbps & USB 1.1 connection
Hot swap and Plug & Play technology
No external AC Power adapter is required as gets it power from any USB Port
Active LED to indicate power and data access.
Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, 2003, XP, VISTA, Window 7, Mac OS 9.x/X or above, Linux 2.4.x or above
2.5" SATA Hard Drive Enclosure
USB Connecting Cable
USB Power Cable (This may be required if the hard drive cannot draw enough power from a single port)
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The caddy arrived quickly, and overall is well made. Installing the SATA laptop drive took 30 seconds, and the whole assembly took two minutes, tops. The caddy was recognised by my Mac and I could access the laptop drive, reformat it and so forth without issue.
The caddy has a slower, USB2 interface, and is supplied with a Y cable for connection to the host computer. At first glance, this might seem a bit of a pain, but in fact makes sense. The Y cable end provides connections for data and power. Older laptop drives can be quite power hungry, and although I could find single cable USB3 SATA caddies on Amazon UK, it wasn’t clear if those caddies would be able to power the drive effectively. The USB2 interface is obviously slower than USB3, but as most laptop drives are 5400rpm drives the interface difference wouldn’t give that much extra of a performance boost to my mind. Providing separate power and data connections for the USB interface ensures that one port isn’t potentially overloaded, guarantees adequate power and spreads the load across USB ports.
There are a couple of points to note. Unlike purpose-made USB-bus powered hard drives, there is no real shock protection for the enclosed drive. The supplied plastic pouch doesn’t really add any protection when transporting the drive, so a dedicated, padded carrying pouch might be an idea if the caddy is going to be used on the move. The other thing to note is that the caddy will slide about a bit, and moving an enclosed drive whilst it’s in use may cause problems. I resolved this by slicking some self-adhesive feet that I had spare to the bottom of the caddy, and this stopped it moving around if the connecting cable was touched, for example. Such feet can be easily found cheaply on Amazon UK.
Overall, in spite of the few minor grumbles, the caddy is a bargain at the price paid, and is a great way to re-purpose an older SATA laptop drive. Highly recommended.
It is perfectly possible to use this to permanently use laptop form factor hard drives with any computer. I am using it at work to retrieve data from a hard drive from a dead laptop. Working superbly - plug and play, no additional driver installations required. The time it takes to see the hard drive in Windows doesn't seem any longer than normal spin-up time.
It has a red LED at the usb side which flashes with disk activity. That is the extent of its additional functionality - if you want fancy, look elsewhere.
The packaging was superb. It came with two screws, a little cheap leather-looking case, and a tiny screwdriver - fabulous. For £5.99 I did not expect any extras whatsoever, so very pleasantly surprised.
The casing is solid and feels robust, as well as being reasonably visually attractive. It has no feet, so I have had to add rubber pads to the bottom to stop it from sliding around.
The electronics are minimal, and the sata connectors look as if they would snap off very easily if force was applied to them. That said, all appears to work absolutely fine so no complaints from me. The circuitry/soldering looks somewhat messy - but again, works fine. No complaints.
The only problem I have encountered with this is that for HDDs, they will get warmer than usual due to no airflow. It hasn't actually got to temperatures approaching where the hard drive would be damaged, but still worth noting. If you were to use it 24/7 it may get too hot.
I suspect this is an issue with the PS3 system rather than the HDD case, as the case does power up and spin. I can only assume that Playstation don't allow copying of data in this way, which is a bit of a pain.
However, I now have a 2.5" SATA case which works and may be useful if my laptop dies.
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