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Importer520 2.5" SATA Hard Drive Case (Blue)

3.7 out of 5 stars 307 customer reviews

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  • Enclosure fits 2.5-Inch SATA hard drives only.
  • Includes USB Cable (Cable Length: 19"/48cm) & Cloth Sleeve
  • Indicator Light shows when drive is being accessed, supports up to 500 GB drive
  • Drive is powered by the USB connection to your computer
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Product Description

This hard drive enclosure for 2.5" SATA-interface drives makes your files ultra-portable: fits in your pocket and can be accessed by any computer's USB ports. Supports drives up to 500 GB. The included cable has two USB plugs (Type A, the regular kind) for connecting to the computer, and one mini-USB plug for the hard drive. The cable uses two plugs for input/output & power from the PC, so you don't have to carry an extra power adapter!
The indicator light shows you when the drive is being accessed.
Perfect drive solution for students, business people, and those on the go!

To determine if your hard drive is an IDE drive or a SATA drive, please look for the connectors. An IDE connector is longer, and has two rows of pins that stick out. A SATA connector is smaller and has two plastic tabs with flat metal contacts.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.9 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
Item Weight 1 ounces
Shipping Weight 1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Importer520
ASIN B002BFA91C
Item model number Sata-II
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3.7 out of 5 stars 307 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,230 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com May 28, 2009

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By Cthulhu #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 9, 2010
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This was one of the funnier 'electronics' items I ever got and... I like it but anyone considering it should be aware that this case does not travel well - see below.

The most interesting feature about the case is the design, so to speak. If you can imagine your HDD inside a box of Altoids Curiously Strong Mints and you don't mind it being there then this case is for you. There are no screws or hinges or locks and none are needed for as long as your case doesn't move much. What you get is a little tin box where you press the top part on after you literally squeeze in your 2.5 SATA drive and it kind of clicks in and it stays that way because it's not easy to reopen it.

This is great design - how come no one else thought of it? - and I applaud it but, like I said, I would not carry this case in my shirt pocket or even in my laptop bag. Murphy's law being what it is, the lid just might pop open and the HDD may come out and, in the process, maybe damage the case own USB interface or, worse, its own connectors, making itself useless. However, as a stationary external HDD solution, it's tops on the price/performance curve.

- INSTALLATION - Without exaggeration, it took less than 2 minutes, most of the time spent to actually open the empty box because it comes closed. Must be careful with those connectors but that's all. Once you snap in the lid, your drive is encased and ready to use. On a Vista and on a Windows 7 computer it was recognized within seconds.

- CONTENTS - Other than the tin/aluminum case, you get a little USB cable to connect to your computer [mine was junk - see my note below].
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I took the 80 Gig drive from my PS3 out (it's the PS3 that came with MGS4) and put in a 640Gig drive. Then I ordered this little blue firecracker. Cracked open the case (no screws) and slid the drive in (took about 30 seconds). Next, went to the start menu in Windows 7, typed "run" in the search box and typed diskmgmt.msc. Last step - formatted the drive. Now I have an iPod sized 80 Gig drive that cost me about $10. If I need to "secure" this bad boy from cracking open, I guess I could slap some duct tape around it, seem pretty tight though. Bottom line .... this is the case to get if you want to enclose the 2.5 inch drive you take out of your PS3.
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Installation took about 5 minutes. Just slip the HDD in there. It was a little scary because it requires you to put a little bit of slanted force, but don't worry the PCB inside the case can handle the stress. I actually used the same case twice, taking HDDs in and out several times, with no problems.

Works great, no screws but that's a plus because screws can actually mess things up. Very snug and although it may seem to it WILL NOT fall open by itself.

Now I have a very nice USB external HDD for a few bucks (replaced my old laptop drive).

Tip: Take two of those big fat blue rubber bands that you find around broccoli (ask the grocery guys at the supermarket if you don't hoard them like I do), and put them crosswise (wrap them around the long sides) about 1" apart and 3/4" away from the ends. Now you have super secure retention and you also have a good measure of shock protection. And, it will still fit in the pleather case.

My favorite enclosure, hands down.
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When I recently bought an Intel SSD to upgrade my wife's laptop, I bought this case and cable in the hopes that it would be able to be used during the cloning of the hard drive and also enable the old drive to be used as a portable backup solution later.

Unfortunately, though the case and cable work well to connect a drive via USB and transfer drive contents, the case's electronics do not report the full device information to the operating system via the USB port. Thus I was unable to use the Acronis transfer software bundled with the new SSD drive, which software is designed to exit out if it doesn't sense an Intel-brand SSD. With the Intel SSD in the external case, the OS couldn't recognize the drive as an Intel drive and the software exited out. (I also mucked about with Clonezilla in an attempt to clone the drive by other means, but without success.) I wound up having to purchase a separate cable to do the transfer.

For a portable backup solution, I think the case is well designed and will work fairly fine. The case is cheap, but made with a no-frills approach that I enjoy. The drive electronics aren't affixed to the inside of the case, but simply snap in place. Pros and cons of this model as I see them:

+ Works at USB 2.
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