Acomdata Samba USB 2.0 3.5-Inch IDE/SATA Hard Drive Enclosure SMBXXXU2E-BLK (Black)
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From the Manufacturer
Acomdata’s elegant, compact design reflects its purist approach to data storage
The Samba enclosure is equipped for solid reliability and ultra-fast performance
The smart chassis design and fully illustrated guide make installation simple and—like the Samba itself—extremely fast.
So take charge now and transform that useful but utilitarian PATA or SATA IDE hard disk into a versatile, reliable and super speedy external drive. The AcomData Samba is sure to enhance your desktop as well as your data storage.
Acomdata Product Features
- Silent Operation
- Hot Pluggable
- Mac & PC Compatible
- 3 Year Limited Warranty
- Free Tech Support Forever
- 48 bit Logic Block Addressing
- USB 2.0
What’s in the Box
Acomdata Hard Drive Samba Enclosure, Stand, USB Cable, Mounting Screws, AC Adapter, Installation Guide, CD
Top Customer Reviews
I used a Seagate IDE 250GB and a Hitachi SATA 500GB in the enclosure for the trials. Windows XP and Windows Vista readily recognized the assembled external hard drives. They were shown as USB devices with their respective hard drive product numbers and not the identity of the enclosure chipset. This could be important as some hard drive's proprietary software, such as Seagate DiscWizard, require the presence of the branded hard drive in order to be run. The data transfer was reliable, whether the file size was 2MB (photo files) or 49GB (a backup file). The data transfer rates were normal if not a little faster compared to my other external hard drives. The drives never got hot, just slightly warm during the data transfer or after being left on overnight.
I am particular about the position of the power switch. I do not buy any enclosure which power switch is jammed in between the power cable and the USB cable. This enclosure has the power switch conveniently located above the cables.
The tray that houses the hard drive is plastic, preventing the hard drive from making direct contact with the aluminum case for more effective heat dissipation.Read more ›
I hooked it up per the instructions, turned it on, and... nothing. The computer didn't even see it. So I unplugged the USB cable and when I plugged it back in, the computer saw it and it came up. Great! Turned it off, turned it back on... nothing.
After MUCH experimentation I found that the drive must be powered on BEFORE being plugged in to the computer, which is not only contrary to the instructions, it's just stupid. It means you either have to let the drive spin constantly (stupid) or you have to disconnect the drive from the computer every time you turn it off (again, stupid).
If you leave the drive spinning, you can connect and disconnect the USB cable all you want, it recognizes it every time.
Makes no difference whether or not you properly unmount the drive before turning if off.
All the good things people have said about the instructions and the ease of putting it together are true but it doesn't really matter because as far as I'm concerned, this is a deal-breaker. I've written to Acomdata and will wait for their response but unless they have a REALLY GOOD idea, this enclosure is going back.
Several reviews here have mentioned that the jumper had to be set to CS, not master as the instructions say. That was my problem. After I changed the jumper, it works perfectly.
The Acomdata support people obviously don't know about this; they told me to send the drive back. Instead, I remembered about the jumper and tried it. It works great now.Read more ›
pros: very quiet, fanless, good build quality for the price, nice stand. Looks better than most enclosures.
cons: IDE connector is mounted on the PCB board, so you have to be a bit careful. The blue light is rather glaring.
I recently swapped out two 750 GB Seagate SATA drives from my HP Mediasmart Servers and replaced them with 2 TB WD Green drives (WD20EADS). I wanted to convert those two Seagate drives into external drives for backup purposes using USB drive enclosures. I had bought several enclosures a while ago, so I had to do the research to figure out which were better these days. My criteria were (1) not expensive (drives are so cheap today that an expensive enclosure sort of defeats the purpose of re-using old drives if you want to be cost-effective since you can just buy a new external drive for not much more than the fancier enclosures); (2) easy to assemble without the stress of thinking you are breaking something or somehow degrading the performance of the drive; (3) it just works (the occasionally elusive ease of the "plug and play" ideal). Also, a personal preference, I wanted a physical on/off switch and not a "touch-sensitive" electronic switch (like that found on the Macally G-S350SU Hi-Speed eSata/USB2.0 External Storage Enclosure for 3.5inch SATA HDD) or no switch. Finally, I also wanted good heat dissipation and vibration control.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well made an Very easy to setup. works well wite both typs of connecters for both ide/sata hardwarePublished 7 hours ago by Charles Frame
Works as expected. Make sure that whatever hard drive, that is being used with this enclosure, is still in good condition or your computer may not recognize it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic way to view old hard drives and or store backups and put them on a shelf
Well worth the money
works great, pretty simple to use an install. the shipping took a long time thoughPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
My tech consultant (my son) loaded the hard drive from my old XP computer into this case and we were able to access all the data on the drive. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Armanda