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Importer520 2.5" SATA Hard Drive Case (Blue)
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- Enclosure fits 2.5-Inch SATA hard drives only.
- Includes USB Cable (Cable Length: 19"/48cm) & Cloth Sleeve
- Indicator Light shows when drive is being accessed, supports up to 500 GB drive
- Drive is powered by the USB connection to your computer
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The indicator light shows you when the drive is being accessed.
Perfect drive solution for students, business people, and those on the go!
To determine if your hard drive is an IDE drive or a SATA drive, please look for the connectors. An IDE connector is longer, and has two rows of pins that stick out. A SATA connector is smaller and has two plastic tabs with flat metal contacts.
Top Customer Reviews
The most interesting feature about the case is the design, so to speak. If you can imagine your HDD inside a box of Altoids Curiously Strong Mints and you don't mind it being there then this case is for you. There are no screws or hinges or locks and none are needed for as long as your case doesn't move much. What you get is a little tin box where you press the top part on after you literally squeeze in your 2.5 SATA drive and it kind of clicks in and it stays that way because it's not easy to reopen it.
This is great design - how come no one else thought of it? - and I applaud it but, like I said, I would not carry this case in my shirt pocket or even in my laptop bag. Murphy's law being what it is, the lid just might pop open and the HDD may come out and, in the process, maybe damage the case own USB interface or, worse, its own connectors, making itself useless. However, as a stationary external HDD solution, it's tops on the price/performance curve.
- INSTALLATION - Without exaggeration, it took less than 2 minutes, most of the time spent to actually open the empty box because it comes closed. Must be careful with those connectors but that's all. Once you snap in the lid, your drive is encased and ready to use. On a Vista and on a Windows 7 computer it was recognized within seconds.
- CONTENTS - Other than the tin/aluminum case, you get a little USB cable to connect to your computer [mine was junk - see my note below].Read more ›
Works great, no screws but that's a plus because screws can actually mess things up. Very snug and although it may seem to it WILL NOT fall open by itself.
Now I have a very nice USB external HDD for a few bucks (replaced my old laptop drive).
Tip: Take two of those big fat blue rubber bands that you find around broccoli (ask the grocery guys at the supermarket if you don't hoard them like I do), and put them crosswise (wrap them around the long sides) about 1" apart and 3/4" away from the ends. Now you have super secure retention and you also have a good measure of shock protection. And, it will still fit in the pleather case.
My favorite enclosure, hands down.
fast. No screws are necessary. Easy to check out a bad SATA drive, without needed a screwdriver. A++
It's an attractive case, aluminum with a slicker color than pictured above. Well packed, my package contained a USB cord, the case, a leather pouch, but no instructions. Now, normally it would be so easy that instructions weren't necessary, BUT, I wish the case arrived open. Getting it apart took awhile and I broke the light bubble (not the light) in the process. My laptop hard drive snapped right in and the case went back together easily. Then I used the supplied USB cord and... nothing. Didn't work.
Fortunately, I'd read the review below that suggested using a different cable. I've got bazillions of cords around here so no problem. Different cord and it popped right up. From there it was great. I'd bought it to recover files from my daughter's melted down laptop and it worked great (considering CompUSA wanted $100 to do the same thing, it was fantastic).
Other than that, the case runs hot, so I won't keep it plugged in, but now I have a cheap external HD that is smaller and works just as well as the pricey ones. It loses a star for not having a failed cord.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works Great!! I use it for older 2.5inch laptop drives that I am repairing or just using as a external drive. Read morePublished 4 days ago by bakan723
Good case, kinda of touchy cable so it sometime disconnects if you handle it too roughly.Published 16 days ago by Zack
I purchased a ton of these just to take users old drives and turn into externals. they worked well, a basic caddy. worked as advertised.Published 1 month ago by Norford
Very simple to install and use, Study and simple. Took a few extra days to get here, but I would say that's my only gripe.Published 3 months ago by Elisha Shaddock
I bought this to house my old macbook HDD in. Function wise, it works fine, booted up and connected sort-of easily. But the case and how it holds together is awful. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Connor G