CoolMax HD-360B-U2 USB 2.0 3.5" Aluminum External Hard Drive Enclosure
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- 3.5-inch USB 2.0 external hard drive enclosure for Mac and PC
- Up to 480 Mbps transfer rate
- Compact design for easy portability; anti-shock design protects hard disk from damage
- Includes DC 12-volt transformer
- 32 x 220 x 120 millimeters (HxWxL)
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A commitment to excellence in both products and service had earned for Coolmax Technology the reputation as a leading thermal solutions provider in the industry. Its world-class products can support the high-end PCs in both electronics and industrial applications. Features:Black colorSupporting high speed data transfer rates up to 480/400 Mbps Fully compatible with 3.5" IDE 133 HDD Soft-start for slow turn-on feature prevents high inrush currents when initially powering capacitate loads Anti-shock design, protect the hard disk from damage when moving it Insulating designed PCB Aluminum case transmits the heat quickly Powered by a DC 12V-2.0 A transformer Specifications:Interface: IDE to USB 2.0 Transfer Rate: up to 480 Mbps Material: Aluminum / ABS Interface Support: 3.5" IDE 133 HDD Dimension (mm): 220 x 120 x 32 (L x x H) NOTE - THIS ITEM CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO MASSACHUSETTS
From the Manufacturer
The CoolMax HD-360-U2 USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive Enclosure is portable size and excellent quality. The 3.5-inch hard drive aluminum external enclosure is specially designed for high capacity hard drives. And its aluminum material design is great for heat dissipation, so you dont need to worry about your hard drive overheating anymore. The HD-360-U2 Series gives you the freedom to work anywhere, no matter if youre in the office, at home or on the plane. This portable 3.5" HDD external enclosure provides maximum durability, flexibility and portability with various interfaces. Once you download your information to the HD-360-U2 series, you can connect it to any system and gain access to your programs and data files anywhere. With built-in hot swap technology, you can connect and disconnect the drive any time.
- Supports high speed data transfer rates up to 480/400 Mbps
- Fully compatible with 3.5" IDE 133 HDD
- Soft-start for slow turn-on feature prevents high inrush currents when initially powering capacitate loads
- Anti-shock design, protect the hard disk from damage when moving it
- Insulating designed PCB
- Aluminum case transmits the heat quickly
- Powered by a DC 12V-2.0 A transformer
Top customer reviews
1. Common screw size - the panel is held on using #1 Phillips - internal screws attaching drive to internal plate are #2 Phillips. #2 Phillips for both would be better.
2. Power switch is solid and reliable. It works with no problem, but a larger rocker switch would be easier to operate.
3. Some additional instructions about how to install a brand new USB drive in WinXP (and presumably Vista) would help people who haven't installed brand new drives before (internal or external). A brand new, completely blank drive, without partition or formatting, will not show up in WinXP's "My Computer" as a drive - only in the Hardware Device Manager. One must use an esoteric utility - "Computer Management" - in the Control Panel under "Performance and Maintenance" - and access the Storage portion of it to partition and format the drive, and then assign it a drive letter. Only then will it show up in "My Computer" as a drive. Most people who would be fully capable of assembling this (it's easy) would not know that a brand new drive must be partitioned, formatted and a drive letter assigned before it becomes visible in WinXP's "My Computer." This isn't an issue or problem with this enclosure - it's how WinXP handles visibility of drives that are completely blank (no partition or formatting).
There is no fan, thus the case itself makes no noise. It acts like a big heatsink; it will feel warm to the touch and needs space.
The switch is on the back and is a slide-type. This makes it extremely unlikely to 'bump' it and turn it off. (unlike the Western Digital MyBook)
This is a good example of "if it isn't broken don't fix it." Most of its design qualities are conservative. It just does what it does with minimal BS.
I use 5 of them for an LVM drive group in ubuntu with mostly good luck. The only snag is that when rebooting sometimes they will return USB errors and the volume group fails. The fix is to shut down the computer and unplug its power cord, and then shut off all of the drives, then turn them back on, plug in the computer's power cord, and reboot. If left alone and running, the drives don't flake out. I have not lost any data to any of these.
This probably isn't a first choice for travelers. It requires external power, everything is located on the back, you can do better.
But if you're just in need of external space and replace drives once in a while like an IT guy, but aren't really an IT guy so you can't afford a frame... this is worth a try. You won't be paying for anything you won't need.
The directions are mediocre. Your drive's jumper must be set to 'master' before you install it. The installation method is pretty good.
One of my cases showed up having a slightly bent rail on the assembly that slides into the case. I was able to work around it and the drive works ok, but it makes one wonder how well their QC dept. operates.
Another oddity is that one of my drives looks a little different. Unlike the others, it came with a screwdriver, the screws were packed differently, the USB port is white. Different production run, or refurb? Who knows. Save your receipt just in case.
But: with a known good hard drive, this enclosure worked just fine.
The enclosed instructions are the biggest drawback; I'm not sure why they even bothered.
(1) "20 MB hard drive space (required) for supporting software". Yet there is no supporting software included (and with the PC's USB interface recognizing the enclosed IDE hard drive immediately, none is needed).
(2) The instructions have a low resolution line drawing accompanying instructions to remove the "front panel two screws by screwdriver". Both panels have two screws, and the drawing does not provide sufficient detail to let you figure out which is which. Take the wrong one off, and it will become immediately clear that you aren't going to be able to connect the power and data cables.
-The power/disk activity LEDs and on/off switch should not be on the same end of the machine as the data and power cable. They are.
-The "documentation" does not specify which IDE jumper settings to use. Others here have said "cable select". I had success with both this and with "slave". Who knows what the desired one is. But: if you haven't been exposed to IDE master/slave/cable select options before: good luck!
Once you get past these documentation and iffy design points, it's a decent piece of hardware which does exactly what it's supposed to.
If you have an IDE data recovery need (or just want to put some of those still-working IDE drives to use on your spiffy new SATA-equipped machine...this is an OK choice. But probably not for the novice.