Max Value USB 2.0 Combo Hard Drive Enclosure for IDE or SATA Hard Drives
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.Read more ›
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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good product, ideal for use on new Sata systems when you have an old IDE HDD, just plug into the USB.Published 21 months ago by townie49
I have used this for nearly every hard drive I have had to plug in, replaced the IDE cable twice and even cracked the housing taking the screws in and out. Read morePublished on 15 May 2014 by Stuart Kenworthy
brilliant i still use it now and is running like new better than some of the new ones which feel cheapPublished on 21 Oct. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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Or so my friend thought, after dousing her laptop with Coke a couple of days before a major coursework deadline. Read more
After my old computer failed to start cause power supply unit fail (PSU) rather than getting the slow computer working again decided to recover all my files from HDD this little... Read morePublished on 15 July 2011 by J. R. Martin