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Max Value USB 2.0 Combo Hard Drive Enclosure for IDE or SATA Hard Drives

4.1 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

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  • Aluminum 3.5" hard drive enclosure
  • Supports both IDE & SATA hard drives
  • Simply connects to PC or Laptop via USB 2.0 cable
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Technical Details
BrandNEWLink
Item Weight1.1 Kg
Product Dimensions30.8 x 22.6 x 7.4 cm
Item model numberN13131
  
Additional Information
ASINB000TV3TN0
Best Sellers Rank 81,262 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.1 Kg
Date First Available20 Aug. 2008
  
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Manufacturer's Description

This durable hard drive enclosure is perfectly suited for all your storage needs, it is made from aluminium which aids in the heat dissipation of the hard drive, and it is an ideal way of adding a back up source with a separate power supply from the connected computer. It’s a simple and cheap approach to hot swapping aswell as plug and play.

The enclosure supports hard drives up to 750gb, it is small in size being only 50% larger than a 3.5 inch hard drive. It supports IDE or SATA Hard Drives and connects via the High Speed connection of USB2.0 with data transfer rates of up to 480 Mbps.

Some other benefits of using an external hard drive enclosure are, adding additional storage space and media types to small form factor and laptop computers, transferring data between non-networked computers.

This case includes a stand to stand the enclosure upright.

There are SATA Power and SATA Data Adaptors provided with this product to allow for compatibility of all types of SATA Hard Drive.

Box Contains

  • 1x 3.5” HDD Enclosure
  • 1x Plastic Stand
  • 1x USB A Plug - B Plug Data Cable, 1 Mtr
  • 1x DC Power Cable
  • 1x Mini SATA Power Adaptor
  • 1x Mini SATA Data Cable
  • Driver CD


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    For the price this really is a good enclosure.It is sturdy and well made of aluminium to aid heat transfer.
    I had one problem when opening the box and that was the bag containing six screws for the fixing of drive was unsealed hence they fell on the floor but I managed to find four of the six eventually (they are tiny)
    I would have preferred a standard rocker type switch for power but that is only nit picking and a personal preference.
    I liked it so much that I have ordered a second one.I have used the first one for mp3's through a Philips DVP5960 USB socket also from Amazon
    And I intend to use the second for my PC and general storing of files.
    I've had no problems with it on either Windows Vista or Windows XP
    Highly recommended
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    My desktop PC's motherboard has broken, and I needed to access my data to use on my laptop in a hurry. After much research I took a calculated gamble on this product based on price and the customer reviews of this item compared to others on Amazon.

    The Max Value external enclosure is made of what I can only describe as a hard plastic which could be confused as being metal. it comes with a handy stand so that you can put it on its side.
    The front is held on by two screws, you remove the front which includes a mental tray in which you seat the harddrive and connect it with the 4 included screws, the header panel includes a power connector as well as connectors for both IDE and SATA drives.

    The wires are rather chunky and the design is rather illogical, as the power connector on the header is to the right, yet the socket on the harrdrive is to the left, this then requires some careful bending and flattening of wires to make it all compact enough to be able to slide the drive and the header back into the enclosure's body, it took a few attempts to get it to fit, having to use a knife to help push down the wires to make the top align properly.

    When it came to connecting the drive to the laptop (running xp pro) my system recognised it as a 'USB mass storage device' yet the device didn't show up in 'my computer' I went to the system properties device listing as saw the drive listed, but with a size of zero! I was worried the drive may have needed partitioning/formatting to be recognised, but I wasn't even able to do that.

    I tried the drive on another laptop and the same issue occured.
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    For the price you pay you can't really find a better enclosure then this.

    It takes either IDE or SATA drives, it holds them securely, it takes up hardly any space and the power supply unit is nice and small. That said there are a couple of small niggling things that made me knock off a star.

    The cables used to connect the hard drive are a bit too long. They could of been much better had they been even an inch shorter. I had to force bend them into the enclosure to make them fit - still it is the price you pay to have such a small unit. The other thing is that there is no quick holding lock on hard drive, you have to screw it onto the enclosure frame to make it secure, so there will be no quick hot swapping of drives using this. But then again, at this price, it isn't such a problem :P
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    Does what it says on the box - great value and easy to work out, highly recommended.

    Having read some of the other reviews, I'm surprised others managed to find fault; this is extremely cheap, well built and easy to assemble. This is not my first enclosure but it is by far the best, taking everything into account.

    You do not need to have any experience of hardware - it really is that easy - the instructions are clear and explicit - a child could assemble this product and get it up and running in minutes - yes, it really is that simple!

    For anyone who has a spare hard disk from an old computer or wants to put a new hard disk into an enclosure to use as an external storage method, this is the best value item around. The dual feature of compatability with IDE (older) or SATA (newer) disks is excellent and removes the uncertainty of "what type of hard disk do I have?" and allows for an upgrade to a newer and larger disk in the future.

    Try it, for not a lot of money it is an excellent product with the bonus of fast (free super saver) Amazon delivery.
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    This is a slim and sturdy fanless aluminium case with plastic ends which are held on by small screws. It gets warm but not hot with my Samsung 500GB Spinpoint drive, I can hear the drive accessing but nothing otherwise.

    It comes with all cables and screws required for any SATA/IDE 3.5" drive, including both SATA and Molex power supply connections and, of course, a USB2 A-B cable. The 'soft' power button lights up blue when on but its not too bright like some, but it would've been nice if it flashed when accessing. Not tried the supplied backup software.

    Slightly annoying is that the manual is only on the CD, there are no printed docs at all. The manual says that SATA drives may take longer to be recognised than IDE when you plug in the USB for some reason, I didn't find it a problem.
    You have to bend the cables slightly to slot it all together, and some feet would've been nice if you're not using it vertically with the cradle, but these are very minor things really.

    All in all, I think its good value for a SATA and IDE caddy.
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