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Macally G-S350SUA Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB2.0 Storage Enclosure for 3.5-Inch SATA HDD

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Unknown
  • Model: G-S350SUA
  • Width: 9.00 inches
  • Height: 2.50 inches
  • Weight: 2.60 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9 x 2.8 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000P1NAMO
  • Item model number: G-S350SUA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

Macally 3.5" SATA to USB 2.0/1394A/eSA 3.5" SATA to USB2.0/1394A/eSATA Aluminum Enclosure

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Macally products are well made and not only look good but work well.
BB
The next time the computer tried to access the drive while it was unable to spin up, the system would hang.
William Hurt
The aluminum case keeps the drive cool by dissipating the heat generated from the hard drive.
R Edwards-Barran

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

103 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Sean C. Carter on August 11, 2008
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This first thing I noticed when I was installing a hard drive into this enclosure what how well everything fit together. I've tried something like 10 different types of enclosures and most of them always had something that didn't quite go together right without a little force. Not the case with this. The only plastic parts in this unit are the back plate and the power button. If those were metal and someone told me this was a product by Apple, I would believe them.

I purchased 10 of these for a media project, and there wasn't a single problem with any of them. That consistency really impressed me, and I plan on sticking with this model for future buys until I can no longer find it. They are definitely more expensive than the average enclosure, but the quality justifies it in my mind.

Take a look at the customer images I submitted to get a good idea of how this comes apart and goes back together.

UPDATE 12/8/2010: I've owned these enclosures for over 2 years now and I still love them. I haven't had a single issue with them yet. I was originally using them exclusively with firewire but now use several with eSATA and am extremely pleased with the speed difference. I still recommend them.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Leo on June 21, 2008
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Nice looking enclosure, that can laid flat or stood on the end with the enclosed stand (not pictured). It also has strips of plastic that screw into the U shaped projections on the chassis -- I'm not sure what they're for (maybe I should read the manual), but they don't seem necessary if you are using the stand. Installing the drive is a snap; it takes longer to get this thing out of the shipping box than it does to put the drive in.

Annoyingly bright blue LEDs seem to be common on these kinds of enclosures, and although this too has a blue LED that is brighter than it needs to be, it is recessed behind the button and thus not blinding as with many external enclosures. The LED is not uncomfortably bright in a lit room, but it may be brighter than you want in a dark room. It's fine in an office, for example, but you wouldn't want to use it in the same room as your home entertainment system. It's too bad because it is otherwise an attractive enclosure.

I bought this to do database work on my laptop. Such work is very slow on a 2.5" notebook drive. I've got a Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS (640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache) in it, which is decent but not particularly high end. In this enclosure, with either firewire or USB 2.0, that disk is just a tad faster than the built in notebook drive, maybe 15-20%. With an ExpressCard eSata adapter, it's dramatically faster, about 3x as fast as the notebook drive. Your results will vary with your drive and chipset.

My enclosure/drive combination does fine on Firewire and USB 2.0. I haven't seen any dramatic difference between Firewire and USB 2.0 -- Firewire might get the edge, but it's not enough to worry about.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Reece Wilkinson on July 26, 2008
I bought this external case for my Mac-Mini to use and share a 1TB hard drive with the rest of my macs for Time Machine over the network. It basically works like a Time Capsule. *The one complaint, ad the reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5, is that the power button on the front is a very cheap part. It gets slightly stuck and rocks to one side when I press it*. Luckily I only turn it off once in a great while when I go on trips and shut down everything.
It has an auto-sleep function where it will spin down the drive when not in use (even when not connected to the computer). The file transfer speeds are very fast over the eSATA port and the firewire does nicely for SD video editing on the mac-mini.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a Mac Pro looking external enclosure. Install is fairly simple and the aluminum case keeps the drive cool by dissipating the heat (I only have a 7200RPM drive in there though).
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64 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Critic at large on February 15, 2009
I have a Hitachi 1TB drive that I bought with the enclosure.
Works fine most of the time, but eventually, after several spin down, spin up cycles, the enclosure stops responding to the host computer. Sometimes, unplugging and re-plugging it in revives it, but often I need to power it off and back on. Each time this happens it risks corrupting the file system I have on there. 1TB is a lot of data to risk losing.

Emailed customer support. Their response quoted,
"Some large capacity hard drives may consume more power than what enclosure power adapter can provide, which may cause such issue as you indicated. "

1TB is now the mainstream drive. I'm amazed that MacAlly can simply state that it may not work and not offer to try and fix the problem.

Bottom line, buyer beware, this enclosure may not work with commonly used drives. And you won't know until you bought it, paid shipping and eventually realized it fails.

Update 3/2011:
I obtained a higher amperage power supply It seemed to help the problem, but I still experienced random times when the drive wouldn't spin up. I tried a different new lower power drive, same problem occurs. I also had times where even poweroff/on wouldn't fix it. Apparently the enclosure overheated.

Thankfully this awful enclosure finally died and wouldn't communicate with the drive at all. I then bought another brand enclosure and have not had a single problem since. The problem was therefore definitely the enclosure, NOT the power supply, NOT the hard drive.

I'd avoid this enclosure.
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