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StarTech.com 2.5in SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SSD SATA Hard Drive Enclosure


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up to 9.5 mm
USB 3.0
  • The USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Enclosure supports data transfer rates up to 5Gbps with new SuperSpeed USB 3.0, while remaining backward compatible with older USB 2.0 systems for a versatile external storage solution
  • Compact, light-weight and durable ensures maximum portability for mobile applications
  • Adding a 2.5" SATA Hard Drive/Solid State drive through USB 3.0/USB 2.0 lets you preserve your system warranty by avoiding having to open the desktop or laptop computer case
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compliant host interface, which supports transfer rates up to 5Gbps
  • Supports 2.5" form factor SATA hard drives (HDD) and solid state drives (SSD)
  • 2.5" hard drive enclosure uses a High Speed USB 2.0 compliant host interface, which supports rates up to 480Mbps
  • Adding a 2.5" SATA Hard Drive/Solid State (HDD/SSD) drive through USB 3.0/USB 2.0 lets you preserve your system warranty by avoiding having to open the desktop or laptop computer case
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Technical Details

Capacity: up to 9.5 mm | Style: USB 3.0

Product Details

Capacity: up to 9.5 mm | Style Name: USB 3.0
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches ; 6.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B007019HJW
  • Item model number: SAT2510BU32
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 20, 2012

Product Description

Capacity: up to 9.5 mm | Style: USB 3.0

The SAT2510BU32 2.5-inch SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Enclosure turns a normal 2.5-inch SATA hard drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) into a portable, external hard drive. Connecting to a host computer through USB 3.0 with no external power required, this enclosure supports full SuperSpeed USB data transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps - 10x faster than the USB 2.0 standard, and is backward compatible with older USB connections (USB 2.0). Large capacity drives (tested with up to 1TB) can be used to greatly enhance your computer''s storage/backup capabilities. Featuring a lightweight, portable design this USB 3.0 SATA HDD enclosure is constructed of aluminum, which offers maximum durability and operating heat dissipation. Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

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Customer Reviews

Mine came with two extra screws just in case, but they weren't needed.
Craig Warrington
My Sabertooth Z77 motherboard has the advanced UASP feature which gives a higher speed on USB 3.0 with this advanced case.
Rhodo32
Performance aside, the enclosure it built very well and feels solid, and the connection is sturdy and secure.
Nathan Hay

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Loeffler on August 30, 2013
Style Name: USB 3.0 w/UASP & SATA IIISize Name: up to 9.5 mm Verified Purchase
PROS
* very small in size, especially length-wise
* elegant black aluminium
* USB 3.0 with UASP (USB-Attached-SCSI) support
* cable connector & activity LED on front face
* no need for separate power cable (just one USB 3.0 shared data/power cable)
* micro USB 3.0 connector (also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 cables)
* fair price

CONS
* doesn't fit drives with > 9.5mm height
* no SATA-III (6Gbit/s) support, SATA-II (3Gbit/s) only
* drive is a bit hard to get in & out

COMMENTS
Overall I really love the design, functionality and speed of the drive.

I use it with a 1TB 9.5mm WD drive for backups, so the drive height limitation is not a problem for me. I listed this as a con however as there are taller 2TB backup drives from WD as well, and you won't be able to fit those if you need more backup space.

I also put the lack of SATA-III as a con, even though with a physical HDD this will unlikely ever become a problem. However, if you do get a very fast SSD then this will limit you to a maximum of 300MB/s. I find it a bit puzzling that StarTech did not simply use the ASM1053E with SATA-III instead of the ASM1053 with only SATA-II. I'm sure the price effect of that chip would be negligible on the retail price of the enclosure. Anyhow, personally I don't think I will ever use an expensive SSD as a backup drive, but other people might want to run a full OS from an external SSD.

The last con, getting the drive in & out, is also not a problem for me personally as I never remove my backup drive. If you are a person working in IT support though, this would be a problem.

Generally, I love the fact that this is a very simple device - it came only with a little booklet and the USB 3.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Ozaki on May 1, 2014
Style Name: USB 3.0 w/UASP & SATA IIISize Name: up to 9.5 mm Verified Purchase
I am an Electrical Engineer and am very knowledgeable on servers and HDD/SSDs. I wanted to upgrade the OS on a 3+ yr old MacBook Pro and felt this was a great time to upgrade to a 2.5in 800GB Intel SSD. However, I wanted to do a clean install and copy my file over manually. This meant that I needed to image the SSD externally.

I installed the SSD into several USB 2.0 external drive cases I had and could not see the drive thru any Mac or Windows computers. After some research, I found that this problem could be solved by using an USB3.0 external drive enclosure w/ UASP support (more on that later), and that cases based on the ASMedia ASM1053 worked great.

I decided on a StarTech case. They have several USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure w/ UASP SKUs:
* S2510BMU33 is based on the ASM ASM1053 (SATA2.0 - 1.5/3.0 Gbps).
* S2510SM12U33 is based on the ASM1053E (SATA3.0 - 6.0 Gbps).

I purchased the S2510BMU33.

Initial impressions:
* outer case is a painted extruded aluminum rectangular tube. A plastic drawer holds the controller board + drive, slides into the tube, and is secured by two very small screws.
* the USB cable is short and the cable is stiff.
* no storage case/sleeve.
* the controller PCB is a 2 layer board w/ acceptable finish. No visible solder blobs or cold solder joints.

The case and accessories are as advertised, no surprises here.

Installation:
To install the drive, you must remove the circuit board from the drawer. Getting that assembly back into the drawer was a little awkward, but do-able.

The drive was instantly recognized by OSX and Windows. Problem solved.

A little background:
* USB 2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By forthwest on May 1, 2014
Style Name: USB 3.0 w/UASP & SATA IIISize Name: up to 9.5 mm Verified Purchase
So far, so good.

I replaced an Orico USB 3.0 drive with this one from StarTech. The Orico drive is nice, and I am using it with a 5400RPM drive for backup purposes now.

But, using the Black Magic disk speed test, my external read speeds on a Samsung 840 SSD went from ~210Mbps to ~420Mbps with this new enclosure, which is a nice bump (and also important for my particular usage)!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noah on August 17, 2012
Style Name: USB 3.0Size Name: up to 12.5 mm
I have been looking for a USB 3.0 enclosure that supports SATA III drives. I wanted to put this SSD: OCZ Technology 512GB Vertex 4 Series SATA 6.0 GB/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) With Industry's Highest 120K IOPS And 5-Year Warranty - VTX4-25SAT3-512G into the enclosure, but found that without an additional (not included) power supply I was out of luck. The drive enclosure was detected by my computer, but not the drive inside.

Before you go pointing fingers at my USB ports or setup, I had 3 other people in my department try to get the drive to work on their computers. I used a 2012 MacBook Air, a 2011 Mac Mini, an HP Business Pro desktop and a HP EliteBook laptop. None of them saw the drive, only the enclosure. The second I put a basic 500GB HDD into the enclosure it lit right up. I then tested a OCZ Technology 240GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3-25SAT3-240G and it also was detected. All things pointed to the SSD being the problem, until we did an RMA and put in a second Vertex. Then a 3rd.

The Agility drive requires MORE power, 2.7W, but works off the BUS supplied power on all 4 test machines. The Vertex requires only 2.5W and would not work on ANY computer without an external adapter. This was consistent on all 3 Vertex drives and 2 different Agility drives. It seems like the controller inside doesn't like the Vertex or has some prejudice.
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