|Item model number||EC-UK30|
|Operating System||Windows Versions: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac Versions: Mac OS X and Higher|
|Item Weight||2.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||4.9 x 3 x 0.5 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||4.9 x 3 x 0.5 inches|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||July 14, 2014|
Sabrent [Upgraded Version Support UASP] Ultra Slim USB 3.0 to 2.5-Inch SATA External Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure [Black] (EC-UK30)
|Price:||$9.99 FREE Shipping on your first order. Details & FREE Returns|
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- Supports Standard Notebook 2.5″ SATA Hard Drives.
- Ultra Light Aluminum Case provides heat dissipation.
- LED light indicates Power and Activity status.
- Hot-swappable, plug and play, no drivers needed.
- Reverse compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1.
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Connect any 2.5'' SATA / SATA II/ SSD Hard Drive to your computer through an available USB port
- Hard Drive Enclosure
- USB 3.0 cable
- Screw set with screw driver
Ultra Slim USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA External Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure
For Mac and Windows PC
Take advantage of the lightning speed of USB 3.0 to quickly transfer files up to 5 Gbps. Through an available USB 3.0, connect any 2.5'' Serial ATA (SATA) or SATA II Hard Drive to your computer. This case is constructed from durable aluminum, ensuring heat dissipation, and protecting your drive from overheating and everyday wear and tear. Reverse compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1; this enclosure is the perfect solution for data transfers or data backup.
- Available USB 3.0 port on the computer to achieve full 5 Gbps transfer speeds
- Available USB 2.0 port on the computer to achieve full 480 Mbps transfer speeds
- Windows: XP/Vista/7/8 (Both 32-bit & 64-bit versions)
- Mac: OS X
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Take advantage of the lightening speed of USB 3.0 to quickly transfer files up to 5 Gbps! Connect any 2.5'' Serial ATA (SATA) or SATA II/III Hard Drive to your computer through an available USB 3.0 port on your desktop or laptop. This case is constructed from durable aluminum, ensuring heat dissipation, and protecting your drive from overheating while also providing you with a sleek brushed aluminum design. Reverse compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1, this enclosure is a perfect solution for data transfers or data backup!
- Available USB 3.0 port on the computer to achieve full 5 Gbps transfer speeds.
- Available USB 2.0 port on the computer to achieve full 480 Mbps transfer speeds.
- Windows: XP/Vista/7/8 (Both 32-bit & 64-bit versions) MAC: OS X.
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My solution to the problem was that I placed some electrical tape over the leads of the usb controller on the back of the pcb. Since then, the drive enclosures have been working well as its supposed to be.
If and when the manufacturer or Amazon provides me with the correct cable then my review would definitely improve. The casing is beautiful and seems quite sturdy. Only other gripe (and it is a reasonable one) is that a 2.5" drive rattles around inside the casing. You can cut a sliver of foam from the item's inner packaging to stop this, but it is hit nonetheless
I've been using this enclosure for about a week now and I have a few thoughts. First off Amazon has, without a doubt, the BEST customer support around. They immediately rectified my issue and I now have the correct USB A>A cable so I can actually use the drive. Like I mentioned before, there is quite a lot of wiggle room inside the enclosure which is bad design through and through. Unless you cut foam yourself to insert after installing the drive, it will wiggle with a noticeable thunk if you move the drive around. Also I have had multiple instances on multiple PCs where the drive would suddenly stall or freeze up, which forced me to disconnect and reconnect the drive to reaccess folders. I've swapped the actual HDD to ensure it wasn't faulty, and it appears it's the data port on the enclosure itself. The enclosure is pretty and very thin, but it is poorly designed and the QA is subpar. I would recommend looking elsewhere if you don't want these niggling issues. They affect the quality of life substantially
I want to thank Manny from Sabrent for sending me a replacement drive after reaching out to me. The replacement I received came with the correct USB cable, and the drive has performed well. The rattling problem is still a possibility if you don't use the foam method I mentioned above, but the enclosure is solid aside from that. Definitely appreciate Sabrent's customer service team for making things right, solid integrity on their part
Okay I've been trying to look past this enclosure's shortcomings because of how great their support team was, and how beautiful the enclosure is, but enough is enough. I have never in my life had a device randomly connect and disconnect at will before. Mid save while playing a game? Entire program hangs because device is in limbo. Trying to access a folder? Windows explorer crashes because the folder is going in and out of existence. I thought possibly my drive itself was going bad, but lo and behold putting it in an alternate enclosure fixed all of those issues. The lack of friction in the enclosure is still an issue if you don't already have some foam, and the wild disconnects are maddening beyond belief. Avoid this drive at all costs, just pay an extra dollar or two for the Inateck enclosure and be solid.
I gave up and spent $15 buying the Inateck. It is SO much better, yes it's made with plastic but doesn't have any shortage due to non-metal design. The chip is also covered, unlike the Sabrent one exposed to air. Love the on/off switch and smooth design. I did a speed test and it is noticable faster on the Inateck. See attached image, what else do I have to say...
I can appreciate the fact they gave you a tiny screw driver to put the screw in the case but don't count much on it unless you have tiny hands my jewelers screw driver got better bit on the screws with less chance of tearing up the heads.
Other then those complaints it works exactly as it should, I guess for the price it's pretty good, I'd purchase again if I needed another one.
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The stand out feature is the usb type A connection socket; I've had many issues with dodgy micro usb plugs that don't make reliable connections so being able to use a USB A to USB A cable is a much more reassuring and it's supplied with the cable which makes the whole package very good value.
Also worth a mention is that the activity light is at the back of the housing so you're not faced with Blackpool Illuminations when it's being accessed.
I have 4 of them in 2 banks with a small circle to distinguish the drives, I'm not a fan of brightly coloured plastic drives; though they have their uses, I find they're too bright for permanent desktop use.
If you'll be swapping drives regularly I'd recommend the Sabrent plastic housing which slides open and is a synch to swap, this housing is more involved to setup, needing a screwdriver to open the case.
I had some spare SSDs laying around doing nothing from other upgrades and I decided to take a punt on a Sarbrent USB3 black external device to mount my SSDs externally.
Having read other reviews on amazon I realised that quite a lot of the negative reviews were non-tech savvy folks who were either expecting too much from old SSDs or are not getting the performance they expected because of USB3 implementations that don't support UASP (USB attached SCSI protocol).
UASP succeeds USB mass storage bulk-only transport (BOT) protocol and has a number of requirements such as:
1. OS is at least Windows 8
2. a motherboard that supports the Intel Platform Controller Hub (PCH) with UASP support (that to complicate matters is a licenced feature so not all motherboard manufacturers implement / enable the feature!).
3. not all usb ports are equal as their paths go to hubs on the motherboard that are not all the same technology, some may be labled SS (super speed) for example and others not so. The simplest method is to plug the usb device into a couple of ports until you see the device appear in device manager as a JMicron SCSI Disk Device. If you really want to see if UASP is in use you can then open the properties dialog and click the Details tab. From there select Property -> Device stack and see that '\Driver\UASPStor' is listed. This will show that UASP is in use for this device. Generally if you can see this then you are good to get the maximum speed you can. For me I'm getting a little over 350MB/s sequential I/O reading from an older OCZ Vertex 3 SSD in the Serbrent to a newer Samsung device on the SATA 3 bus. Obviously the OCZ is the limiting factor for me and the device is 100% busy whereas the newer Samsung is only ~40% busy writing the data.
Other things to note:
* now you're not going to get close to native sata3 (6GB/s speeds) for random I/O although USB3 at full bandwidth will get close for sequential I/O like copying a large movie for example.
* I quote windows and Intel above as these are what I have tried myself however I'm sure Linux may have a kernel that supports the feature by now and I'd be surprised if AMD don't have a similar supported implementation on their motherboards. so you'd need to check.
I feel the company has done very well for the price point for the physical quality of this enclosure. It comes in good packaging that's not too wasteful, you get a cloth bag (I guess this could be useful to avoid scratches while travelling) and I really like the compact design - this device is not much more bulky than the SSD itself!
Some people complain that the alloy is thin but to me that's the point of having alloy vs plastic isn't it? You get a nice thin compact surround that is plenty strong enough once the SSD is mounted inside. Yes the screws are small and the ends are plastic, and this is a cheap external device so in my opinion the quality good enough for most uses unless you're planning to throw this off a cliff...
The device itself is a good quality aluminium (mine is black) and all the cables are good quality. Its also worth noting that the device is bus powered so older laptop spinning disks may draw more power so you want to be careful if you are planning to add a whole bunch of these on an external hub that's not powered.
My only gripe is the sticky label that's stuck to the aluminium on the outside of the body. This takes a bit of work to remove and clean. It would be a nicer finish if the company solved this issue or avoided including the small paper coded label entirely (I expect this is for a robotic manufacturing / tracking process but this just spoils the aesthetic for me when the company obviously went through pains getting the look and feel right just to spoil it with a minor detail, anyway I'm nit picking).
So that wraps up my review. Hope this is of use to someone. I use an Intel Nuc btw and this is great for adding external silent, quick storage to the Nuc.
This looks exactly as it does in the photos, and it does exactly the job it's supposed to. It's super easy to use, you don't even need the casing if you are just quickly slapping a drive on it to copy some data across rather than making an external drive from it, and thanks to the design, works just fine with 3.5 inch SATA drives too. If you DO want to make an external drive, it fits together very quickly, easily and nicely (2.5 inch only obviously).
I really can't think of anything else you might need from it. If you're going to slap an SSD inside it, I would look for a USB 3 enclosure.
The only annoyance is the cable, not sure why it needs to be so thick, it makes positioning the drive in it's permanent location, and carrying it about that little bit harder as the thickness makes the cable quite stiff.
They do provide a screw driver for the screws, although when you look at what came with mine they shouldn't have bothered, but no big deal.
I'm sat transferring 300GB of data from a 1TB WD Passport that is on a USB2 port to a 320GB WD Blue in this Sabrent enlosure that is on a USB3 port and it's transferring at a solid 30 MB/Second.
I fixed the setup by placing a pair of felt chair pads on the end of my drive and it works fine now.
So a good piece of kit as long as you take care with the hardware you put inside.
Works a treat, no hiccups or slowdowns during a transfer and sits nicely upon the NAS device.
The enclosure feels solid and robust and the supplied cable is thick and feels like it should take some abuse, this is a big help as the drive is often slung into my laptop bag and dragged around the country for work reasons.
So far I can't find much to fault with it and at the price it is a bargain.
This worked with a 640GB Samsung HDD from an old laptop. It took 2 minutes to fit the case and screw shut (screwdriver supplied).
60 seconds in Mac utilities and the old disk was connected (USB cable supplied), checked for errors, formatted, remounted and renamed.
One thing to note, as the main body is metal - it helps dissapate heat from the enclosed HDD. At times it may get a bit too hot to hold comfortably. I suppose this is better than the heat getting trapped within a plastic casing and in turn damaging the HDD.
In all - great product, all works well!
Easy to do and insert into the enclosure. Wish the screws were a little bigger and possibly have a spare, as can easily lose.
Nice and compact for a backup drive or as an additional drive for a Chromebook, easily stored alongside in your bag.