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Sabrent USB 3.0 SATA 3.5-Inch Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure (EC-GD35)
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- Supports any 3.5" SATA (Serial ATA) and SATA II Hard drives
- Ultra Light Aluminum Case provides heat dissipation
- LED light indicates Power and Activity status
- Hot-swappable, plug and play, no drivers needed
- Reverse compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1
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* Supports Standard Notebook 3.5″ SATA and SATA II Hard drives.
* Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps when connected to a USB 3.0 port.
* Stand-able convenient and trendy design.
* On/Off power switch.
* Hot-swappable, plug and play, no drivers needed.
* Backwards-Compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1
* Available USB 2.0 port on the computer.
* Windows: 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 (Both 32-bit & 64-bit versions)
* MAC: OS 9.1 or above.
* Linux 2.4.X
* AMD or Intel Plentium 133MHz or better.
* Sabrent EC-GD35 (Black) Hard Drive Enclosure and stand.
* Power adapter.
* USB 3.0 cable (Data and Power).
* Screw set with screw driver.
Color: Black Aluminum
Top Customer Reviews
Installing the hard drive was simple enough. The hard drive plugs into the enclosure's end-cap and two small screws secure the end cap to the enclosure. A tiny Philips screwdriver is even provided in the package. Total installation time took me no more than three minutes. I bought this particular enclosure because it supports USB 3.0, is backward compatible to earlier USB protocols and includes the USB cable. It has its own power supply and a convenient button-operated power switch. Even when the hard drive is working hard the enclosure gets only moderately warm.
After I plugged this hard drive into the satellite receiver's USB port and turned it on, then had Dish-TV activate the hard drive which costs $40, it took about five minutes to format this hard drive. Completing this installation, I've been able to automatically record movies from my satellite receiver and then play them back at a time when it is convenient for me to watch.
In this DVR application, I could not ask for better performance. The recordings are as clear and sharp as the original programming and play without pauses, stuttering or glitches. Compared with buying a hard drive that is already in a housing with a power supply, this combination costs less, added little to my installation time, provides flawless performance and doesn't waste space.
USB 3.0 for fast transfer rates
Very poor quality design and hardware.
So first, upon receipt the circuit board was disconnected from the back cover. Not a big problem, until I tried to reconnect it. The circuit board would connect to the back cover but not lock in completely. It is easily detached when either the HDD or cables are moved, which is often. Next, the HDD must be slid into the unit with two plastic tabs (included) attached to either side. Unfortunately, the included directions do not tell you this so you must figure out what the two random pieces of plastic are for and how to attach them properly. They each have a plastic tip that is inserted where the HDD screws usually go. Once again, this must be learned on your own as there are no instructions describing this. Also, the plastic tips are larger than the HDD screw holes so you must push them in very hard to get the tabs connected. I broke one of the plastic tips in this process because it was just far too large to fit in the screw hole. Once the tabs are connected and you manage to get the circuit board attached to the back cover, you can insert the HDD and screw on the back cover. They made the enclosure very tight fitting, which is usually good but not in this case. Because the front and rear cover screws are far from the center, when the HDD is inserted the center of each cover bows out because of the interior components pushing against it. Lastly, the included stand does not attach in any way and the enclosure can easily slide or fall off.
So all in all, the enclosure design is absolutely horrible and a very low quality design. Still, I decided to give this enclosure three stars because the USB 3.Read more ›
So, I put a drive in and plugged the enclosure into a usb 3.0 port on my Windows 8.1 laptop and it wouldn't mount. Before deciding it was defective I tried it in a usb 2.0 port and it mounted fine. Then I updated my usb 3.0 controller (in Device Manager), making it work fine in the usb 3.0 port. A little weird considering my other usb 3.0 drives work fine with the (apparently) outdated driver, so that might point to problems with some people's systems if their latest driver isn't compatible for some reason.
Another peeve, it uses the least common of the usb 3.0 plug geometries which is annoying.
As for positives, it's a drive enclosure... It encloses the drive and connects it via usb 3.0, so I guess it performs as advertised. One blue LED which actually blinks when something is happening, which is better than can be said for a lot of these cheep enclosures I've bought.
Recommendable for backup and occasional access, but buy something more robust if you'll be using it frequently.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Looks good and good quality product. Works great with the SSHD I replaced with a SSD in my desktop.Published 7 days ago by Jay
I am very happy with this purchase. This case replaces an older one that I had used for several years, and when the SATA bridge in that case failed, I was able to replace it with... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Paul J Koehler
This is a replacement model for the phased out Sabrent EC-3US35, a simple 2 piece model compared to this 5 piece model. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike
Awesome little case. Good looking and not much bigger than the drive itself. All metal construction is easy to clean and no sharp edges makes it easy to handle. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian Brooks
Works good no problems. Great way to use an old hard drive for a backup drive or for extra storage.Published 2 months ago by J. Carle
The product is exactly as described. It was easy to install my hard drive in and works great. I really like the way it looks.Published 3 months ago by P. Thompson