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StarTech 3.5in Black USB 2.0 to IDE SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure
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- Convert either an IDE (PATA) or SATA hard drive (HDD/SSD) into a portable external storage solution with USB 2.0 connectivity
- External SATA/IDE enclosure is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support
- Universal 3.5" enclosure supports either SATA or IDE (PATA) drives
- USB hard drive enclosure with High Speed USB 2.0 compliant host interface, with support for transfer rates up to 480 Mbps
- Universal 3.5" drive enclosure compatible with SATA 1.5/3.0/6.0Gbps or IDE 66/100/133 Mbps hard drives
- Hard disk enclosure supports 3.5" form factor hard drives
- USB HDD enclosure is Plug-and-Play and Hot-Swap compatible
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There's one thing about the enclosure that some people might like a lot, but that I'm not thrilled with. The base is clear plastic that glows blue when the unit is on. In a dorm room or design space that might be cool, but I use mine in a business setting. I suspect there's a way to disable the light, but I haven't investigated it.
Thanks to this product, I have now managed to extract the needed data from all 3 disks without a hitch (other than one disk having some data corruption; but that's probably why the OS failed in the first place -- not StarTech's fault.)
I'm a software guy, not a hardware geek. I really don't like poking around inside a computer. But the process of connecting the disk to the chassis and the chassis to the computer was simple even for me. Thanks StarTech.
Assembly/setup removal of the foot and bay is straight forward enough, five screws and the job is done. The instructions state to insert the drive label side up, however,if you are installing a SATA drive be warned the connectors are L shaped and and you will have to invert the drive to be able to connect them, the SATA cable is short and fairly rigid, therefore you cannot lay the drive flat and close the enclosure. I tried with both 3.5 and a 2.5 inch drives, the result is the same. The signal and power cables on the control card are short and run over the top of the SATA plug, I only just managed to connect the SATA cable without damaging the other cables.
The power supply cable is short, 800 mm so you either need a power extension cord or to be sitting on top of a power outlet, this cannot be compensated for using the USB cable as it is also less than a meter long.
Reading some of the other reviews I wonder if I got the "lemon" the casing appears robust and well made, it is a pity that corners appear to have been cut on the details and for that reason I would not recommend this unit.
The enclosure does exactly what it says it will do. It enabled me to install an IDE (PATA or SATA) hard drive and connect it to my system via USB 2.0. This makes it unnecessary for me to power off my system and install the drive, then reboot in order to do the testing. This was all very good.
The problem is that the tests run for many hours and the enclosure has no provision for heat dissipation whatsoever.
In most computers, HDD heat dissipation is handled in two ways. Heat is dissipated by the fact that the drive is fastened with screws to the hard drive cage which is made of metal. This conducts the heat away from the hard drive as it flows into the metal cage. In addition, convection dissipates the HDD and cage heat inside the computer case and this effect is usually enhanced by forced airflow due to the actions of the case fans.
The enclosure half into which the HDD is fastened is entirely plastic with no possibility of significant heat dissipation via conduction, and no fan to promote airflow over the drive itself. This plastic half shell is slid into a metal external casing, but there is no direct metal to metal connection between the HDD and the case to conduct heat away from the drive. There is a minimal of an attempt to allow convection to dissipate some of the heat, but the high side vent is at the front of the enclosure and the drive itself effectively blocks much of the potential airflow, which would probably not be significant anyway.Read more ›
I'm debating whether this just had bad parts/cabling and is an anomaly, because of all the other good reviews I see here, in which case I should buy another one of these. Or whether I should switch to another brand.
Ease of use - I wish it were quicker to open and close, for the purpose I use it for. It's fine if all you're going to do is put one disk into it and let it go.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent quality and easy to set up and use. A great price for a great product. Keep up the good work.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
back up you camera videos,,, your computer,,, your pictures,,, files,,,, or transfer your old computer fiels to your new onePublished 10 months ago by RevMark Hutchinson
I have used these before and have had no problem. While my fault for not opening the box right away, this unit has been patiently waiting on the shelf for 6 months. Read morePublished 13 months ago by DAshton