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StarTech 3.5in Black USB 2.0 to IDE SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure

3.8 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews

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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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Technical Details

  • Contains External Power Adapter

Product Description

This hybrid, 3.5in USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Hard Drive Enclosure lets you turn almost any 3.5in hard drive into a portable storage device! Compatible with both IDE (66/100/133) or SATA (SATA, SATA II, SATA III) hard drives, the enclosure offers a cost-effective and convenient choice for a variety of uses including data backups, digital image storage, multimedia storage, or simply putting an "outdated" drive to good use. Large capacity drives (tested with up to 4TB) can be used to greatly enhance your computer''s storage/backup capabilities. The UNI3510U2 IDE/SATA hard drive enclosure is designed and built to provide extreme durability and stability, while remaining an attractive addition to any environment with a stylish aluminum casing and fixed luminescent base that glows an eye-catching blue while the enclosure is powered.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 4.4 x 7 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0012VRBGM
  • Item model number: UNI3510U2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 31, 2012

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I bought this to replace a cheap enclosure I got when I bought the disk drive. The previous enclosure was plastic and had a fan. Still, the drive would overheat and shut down. This enclosure is aluminum and has no fan. It does a good job of dispersing the heat, and the drive hasn't shut down on its own since I put it in this enclosure. Because there's no fan, it's very quiet.

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.
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I had been holding onto 3 drives (2 IDE, 1 SATA) taken from old computers with obsolete or non-functioning OSs. I thought that the only way to get my data off of the disks was to take them to a data recovery service or go through the pain of learning how to install them in a new machine as slave drives. Either way, I was dreading the hassle and expense. Then I discovered this wonderfully simple and cheap solution.

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.
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Outwardly the housing appears to be of good quality and sturdily made in use however things are not quite so straight forward.

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.
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I purchased the StarTech 3.5" USB to IDE/SATA external hard disk enclosure to test the many old hard drives I have lying around and which might or might not be defective. Using a commercial burnin test product for Linux, I ran tests on several drives over the course of a few days.

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.
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I use my HDD drive enclosure for prepping new drives at home. It's been used on less than a dozen different drives. After about 8 months, it's gotten extermely intermittent in deciding whether USB should connect to main PC or fail. Wiggling cables, and turning it off/on, helped for a while. But it's now only 10% usable and I'm junking it and looking for a new one.

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.
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