|Item model number||HDD enclosure 3.5 US|
|Item Weight||1.03 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||6.4 x 3.48 x 1.02 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||6.4 x 3.48 x 1.02 inches|
|Date First Available||October 19, 2017|
AmazonBasics 3.5-inches SATA HDD Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 3.0
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- 3.5-inch hard-drive enclosure supports most 3.5-inch SATA I, SATA II, and SATA III HDDs; hard drive not included
- AC powered; provides DC12V power connection, on/off button, USB port, and LED indicator light; USB 3.0 allows for transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps; backward compatible with USB 2.0
- Hot swappable; Plug & Play installation (no drivers needed); tool-free design—no tools or screws needed for installing an HDD
- Smooth inner surface protects against scratches; self-adhesive sponges ensure an optimal fit; includes AC power adapter, USB 3.0 cable, self-adhesive sponges, and user manual
- Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10 and Mac OS X and above; Refer to the PDF attached below in Technical Specification for User Manual
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AmazonBasics 3.5-Inch SATA Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 3.0
Turn your SATA (Serial ATA) hard disk drive (HDD) into a sleek, portable external hard drive with the AmazonBasics 3.5-Inch SATA Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 3.0. The take-anywhere enclosure makes it easy to use your HDD at home, office, or school, whether backing up computer data, transferring content from one computer to another, or storing large media files like photos, songs, and videos. The 3.5-inch hard-drive enclosure supports most 3.5-inch SATA I, SATA II, and SATA III HDDs.
Compatible with Windows/Mac
The external hard-drive enclosure works with Windows 7, 8, 10 and Mac OS X and above.
In the Box
Hard drive enclosure, AC power adapter, self-adhesive sponges, USB 3.0 cable, user manual, backed by an AmazonBasics limited one-year warranty.
- 3.5" hard drive enclosure; hard drive not included
- Supports most 3.5-inch SATA I, SATA II, and SATA III HDD
- AC powered
- USB 3.0 allows for transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps
- Hot swappable
- Plug & Play install (no drivers needed)
- Smooth inner surface prevents scratches
- Self-adhesive sponges ensure optimal fit
- Backed by an AmazonBasics limited 1-year warranty
Fast Transfer Speeds
The enclosure provides a handy USB port and a blue LED indicator light, which lets you know the system is connected and working properly. Thanks to its USB 3.0 connection, the enclosure supports transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps, and it’s backward compatible with USB 2.0.
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I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit -- on all of my seven computers in the house -- and this is about as plug-and-play easy as it gets.
Literally: (1) open plastic enclosure (2) insert 3.5" hard drive (3) slide cover back on (4) plug the AC power adapter into the enclosure (5) connect the USB cable from the enclosure to your computer (6) press the power button on the enclosure to "on" (i.e. "on" is when the button is depressed; "off" is when the button sticks out a little bit). When you're connected to a computer that is on, and the hard drive enclosure power is on, the blue LED light will light up after a few seconds.
Windows 7 will automatically find and install the necessary drivers for both the enclosure, and the drive (we're talking maybe 10-20 seconds here). Probably best to be connected to the Internet, just in case Windows needs to find a driver.
(If you're using WinDoze 10, I will say a prayer for you -- but the enclosure works for all versions of Windows, from XP to Windows 10).
If you are simply moving an existing hard drive -- one that is already in use and has information on it -- to the hard drive enclosure, that's it. You're done.
NOW LISTEN CAREFULLY! If you are using a NEW hard drive, you still need to initialize the drive in order for your computer (i.e. Windows) to recognize and use the NEW drive. This applies to whenever a NEW drive is connected to a computer, and has nothing to do with the enclosure!
SO, I don't want to read any "the enclosure sucked, the drive was defective, etc." comments due to you not initializing your NEW hard drive. Capisce?
Also remember, USB connected hard drives are NOT intended for booting your Windows computer from (if it would even let you try). So, do not install, or attempt to install, your OS onto a drive in an external USB enclosure!
I bought six of these, and have already put three into service -- flawlessly.
Primarily, I needed an inexpensive way to remove full-to-the-max hard drives from my computers, and still be able to access them when needed. This enclosure does this perfectly! Plus the extra bonus of now being able to connect the drives archived in the external enclosure, via USB, to any other USB equipped computer.
A word about Windows XP...
Windows XP will only recognize hard drives up to 2 TB in size. If you try using a hard drive larger than 2 TB with Windows XP, it won't be able to see the entire drive. The work-a-round with XP, with drives larger than 2 TB, is to partition the hard drive into multiple volumes of 2 TB or less.
DO NOT try to partition a hard drive that already has files on it! You will most likely lose data, and be very, very sorry.
As a rule, partitioning a hard drive is something you do with a NEW drive -- and you know why you're doing it!
If you don't know why you want or need to partition a hard drive into multiple volumes, then DON'T do it.
For most people, you want to create what Windows refers to as a "Simple Volume" (i.e. the entire hard drive is one single volume), when you initialize and format a NEW hard drive.
When you initialize and format a NEW hard drive, you will be asked to choose between MBT (Master Boot Record) or GPT (Globally Unique Identifier Partition Table) when you setup the drive.
Basically, if your hard drive is 2 TB or less, you should choose MBT. If your hard drive is larger than 2 TB, you should choose GPT.
I have been using 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB hard drives in this enclosure effortlessly and with no issues whatsoever.
Personally, I wouldn't put drives larger than 4 TB in an external, sealed enclosure of this type (i.e. potential heat issues on thicker multiple-platter drives), although larger drives should still work.
FWIW, I have even been using one of my enclosures as a means to format new hard drives before installing them into computers. This way, I have my new drive ready-to-go before I remove an existing drive from a computer, and just pop it in to replace the drive I'm removing. Then, the drive I just removed gets transferred to one of these great hard drive enclosures and, just like that, I have an instant archive :)
FYI, I'm using these enclosures as a way to archive 4 TB hard drives that I have filled full-to-the-max, so that I can fill-up even more hard drives.
I'm working with a lot of video files, and this allows me to easily access files on drives that I have archived to the external enclosure.
Finally, heat is just not an issue with this enclosure.
My 4 TB Western Digital 5400-RPM drives idle at about 85 degrees Fahrenheit (7200-RPM drives might run a bit warmer) in this enclosure.
Even when I perform a complete format, lasting 10-12 hours, the drives never go higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit -- which is well within the safe temperature zone for hard drives.
TIP: If you're using this enclosure for archiving hard drives (e.g. you don't need to access the drive all the time), then just leave it off. You don't have to leave hard drives running unless you're going to be accessing them. And, a drive that's not running generates no heat at all :)
Great product at an affordable price.
On the plus side, it works and they included two little foam pieces to help with noise. Assembly is self-explanatory. It's fine for a user who just needs a spot for an extra disk, but if you need something that's remotely durable, look elsewhere.
A tools-required version of this with screws for the cover and to retain the drive would likely be a decent product...
It's a basic enclosure for a 3.5" SATA hard drive--essentially a "no-tool" solution: just open the case, slide in the drive and close the case. Done.
Once I plugged into my computer (MBAir) it launched DiskUtility since it couldn't recognize the drive, but it was a new drive that needed to be formatted. Formatting took less than thirty seconds and the drive booted up as a volume on my system.
It comes with some foam padding to act as a buffer I suppose when the enclosure is on it's side, but given how the drive itself slides into the SATA connection, I just lay it flat on my table. Comes with the power cable and USB 3.0 connection cable.
Only thing I don't like is how the connections are where the power button is located. Just seems odd to me but in no way is it a deal breaker. For the price and ease of use, it was worth the purchase.
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Second of all I have no idea why this is listed as 9cm? 9cm is 3.5inches, not 2.5 inches. The bay does no fit 3.5 inch drives. I'm not sure if by 9cm they mean the length of the thing but it seems incredibly misleading to advertise it as such.
It gets 2 stars instead of 1 because its a nicely built 2.5 inch drive bay. I gues "6.35cm SATA HArd Drive Enclosure" didn't have the same ring to it.
Didn't bother to return it because it was only £10, more hassle than its worth.
I have used numerous external enclosures in the past and felt that, for a change I should try an Amazon own product. The price seemed reasonable and the reviews were positive - worth a punt.
The connecting cable is approximately 30 cm in length, It's not braided but the outer coating feels sturdy but bendable so it can be stored easily without the fear of it breaking.
I like the minimal design of the enclosure, however the Amazon branding could put some users off. Opening the enclosure could be tricky for some users particularly if your hands were sweaty, sticky or oily as the plastic is somewhat slippery to grip. Having the right traction to slip the cover off can be tricky. That said, a simple sticker or piece of electrical tape can overcome this.
For those that don't know, this enclosure is for a 2.5" laptop hard, these are smaller than larger 3.5" drives generally found in desktop computers. So if you have a drive that is slightly larger than a deck of cards but not as thick then you have a laptop 2.5" hard drive.
The drive has been connected to various computers and laptops and has been recognised immediately. If you plan on connecting your hard drive to say a smart TV or tablet/phone, check with your manufacturer first as the file format of your drive might not be compatible.
Overall not a bad enclosure, has it's quirks but certainly should be considered
+ Sturdy build.
+ My 2.5 inch "Hitachi HTS725032A9A" hard drive fit snugly.
+ I think this device has some sort of sleep function built in to it, as when the drive is not in use, the drive is powered down, although, it could be the OS doing this.
+ Blue LED indicates any activity.
+ Tray clicks into place with a very reassuring sound.
+ Supports 7200 rpm drives.
I would buy again if necessary and recommend it to all over the other ones available here.
The same two disks worked properly when connected using a different adapter (with an ASM chipset).
For light use (eg a one-off copying of data from a disk), it seems to work, but for anything more demanding, I really wouldn't recommend it.
Instructions were basic, heading into the poor category due to the picture quality and font size for text and the instructions clearly assumed that the drive was fully formatted or was from a PC because it didn't pick up the PS4 HDD at all.
After a little searching online, I discovered that you have to open the disk management settings and then remove every partition from the HDD, this can then be formatted to a readable format for the computer. Problem solved.
The quality is OK feels cheap and a bit flimsy, when empty. I'm grateful that a sticky foam/ sponge pad was included as the HDD rattled in the case till I fitted the sponge inside. Case cover is stubborn to remove but that's a good thing normally, just a pain to get sorted out initially.
It's a case to store a HDD, haven't had any issues with it and I'm overall happy with it.
Decent enough, fit for purpose but with poor instructions
Still the clue is in the name - it's basic - but it does at least work. No idea why it has a weird cable (and not a standard USB cable) that literally nobody will have a spare of, not even me and i've got a bag full of all sorts of cables (i'm a system builder).
Look, it's 8 quid. For 15 quid you can get a much better, sturdier enclosure that screws shut - who needs tool free anyway, it's not like you will be opening and closing it all the time and i'm sure everybody has a screwdriver.
It works, does the job... That's all I can say. Plastic, comes with USB cable, blue light goes flicker flash flash when in use.
If I had to be fussy then since putting in the foam pad stickers to stop the drive wobbling around, it becomes a bit harder to close the case but I will live with that as the drive I have put in it won't be coming out again (internal drive which is now a permanent external for backup purposes)
My USB is not powerful enough to power the disks... ended up with a good paper weight
"AC powered; provides DC12V power connection,"
"The enclosure provides a DC12V power connection and an on/off power button. Connect the external hard-drive enclosure to a power source using the included AC power adapter."
Basic drive cases, easy to set up, literally plug and play so exactly what I was after to tidy/de-clutter but keep my two back up drives (changed from 2x3/5" HDDs to 2x 2.5"). Nice-looking and decent quality for the price... time will tell how durable they are, but they are just sat on a shelf under the desk and no need to move or do anything with them so hopefully shouldn't have any issues.
Happy with them.
The enclosure itself is quite lightweight, but feels sturdy enough. It was easy to get the drive into the enclosure, just slide back the cover and insert the drive, snapping the cover back into place. The enclosure was more than up to the task of enabling me to transfer my data and now that I have transferred over to the new drive I can use this enclosure with the old HD as a backup drive!
For the extremely low cost of £7.99 this caddy has allowed me to turn that spare internal drive into an external drive for Time Machine purposes - a significant saving compared to buying a 2TB external HDD.
Feels slightly plastic and haven't had time to test sturdiness, however it will do the job I bought it for in restoring my system once upgraded. Excellent purchase, can recommend!