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3.0 out of 5 stars Does its job with uncommon USB connector, December 13, 2008
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This review is from: Sabrent 2.5-Inch SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure (EC-UST25) (Personal Computers)
This enclosure is not much more than an alloy sleeve for 2.5" hard drives but it works. A hard drive fits in very tight and is fixed with two screws. I used the enclosure with a 500 GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT without any problems. What's quite uncommon for a 2.5" enclosure is that it comes with a standard USB type A connector jack instead of mini USB. This means you have to use the included skinny 32" cable and can't take one of the common cables you may have collected from several other mobile USB devices like cameras and MP3 players.

What's in the box:
+ enclosure
+ mini screwdriver
+ 3 screws
+ USB A-A cable (32" long) with Y-plug on one side
+ protective sleeve
+ manual sheet
+ driver mini CD (not needed for XP, Vista, Linux)

All together its ok for the price but I wouldn't have bought it if I knew about the connector jack type in advance.
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Initial post: Jan 16, 2009 9:47:50 PM PST
Bone says:
there is a reason it has the connector it does. It's for the power requirements of a hard drive to actually start it up. Most portable hard drives use the normal size USB connectors on both ends with one y connection so that there is enough power for the hard drive to actually spin up. Good luck finding one that doesn't have this setup.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2009 4:54:13 PM PST
Jon says:
Perhaps that's the case with hard drives over 500MB (does this enclosure support such?), but there are popular 2.5" external hard drives on the market that get all of their power through a miniUSB connector. I own such a drive, the Western Digital Elements (and their replacement, the WD Passport Essential drives are the same way). Granted, you wrote your comment almost a year ago, so perhaps such drives were less common then, but it's still worthwhile correcting for the sake of future readers.
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