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StarTech.com 2.5in Silver USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure for SATA HDD
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- A compact, aluminum chassis construction makes for a light-weight and easily portable external HDD solution with optimal heat dissipation characteristics
- 2.5" hard drive enclosure with USB 2.0 transfer rates up to 480 Mbps and ability to draw power from up to two USB ports, means fast access without reliance on external power
- 2.5in hard disk enclosure is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support
- External SATA drive enclosure uses light-weight, durable aluminum construction
- 2.5" SATA enclosure uses a High Speed USB 2.0 host interface, with supported transfer rates up to 480 Mbps
- USB 2.0 enclosure has a Power/Activity LED indicator
- 2.5" HDD enclosure is compatible with SATA revision 1/2/3 (1.5/3.0/6.0 Gbps) drives
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The enclosure is powered by USB as well, which works fine. Two USB dongles are actually on the cable (for extra power), which is what I use and I've had no problems up to this point.
The package includes a little baggy with the tiniest screwdriver I've ever seen. Be careful when you open it, because it contains two even more miniscule screws, used for securing the hard drive once you insert it into the enclosure.
I promptly dumped mine on the carpet and spent a good 10 minutes looking for them. Very hard on the eyes...
- Decent data transfer rate -- about 20 megabyte sustained with my drive
- Comes with a carrying sleeve
- Comes with the only tool you need to assemble the enclosure - a tiny eyeglass screwdriver
- Misreports current usage - use caution to avoid damaging your PC
- Microscopic "eyeglass" screws.
This should have been tool-free, or used larger screws on the back. Assembling it is a bit of a pain, as the screws are about the size of a pinhead. Luckily it comes with a third spare screw.
The fact that it misreports current use is dangerous. It only reports half the current that would be used by a 5400RPM drive in the enclosure on the assumption that the power-only connector will be swallowing half the current load. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security if you find that you can operate with just one USB plug, especially if using a high current draw 7200RPM drive. Insert both plugs, inserting the power-only end plug first. USB controllers shut down devices if current draw is high enough to damage the controller - this won't work if the controller is getting bad information.
Note that - as with most USB enclosures - the controller does not understand hard drive passwords. If you're repurposing an old laptop drive, be sure to clear the hard drive password in the laptop's BIOS before moving it to the enclosure. If you forget this step, you'll get mysterious CRC failure errors when trying to initialize the drive.
It connects through an USB wire which powers the HDD. Included.
End of story.
Jan 2010 update
Almost 1.5 year later, I am still happy with my purchase. My HDD is still working inside its enclosure and I've never had a problem. I am using this disc to store data that I only rarely access - backups of photos, tax documents and so on - but I'm happy to know that they are in safe and that I can access my data quickly and easily by simply plugging in the disk.
P.S. - you can get the very much same thing minus the brand name for a lot less these days.
I bought the enclosure case after a friend told me I could use it as a spare harddrive. I made a mistake and bought the "2.5" IDE"- which is for the older versions of Mac and PC laptops. When I finally received this StarTech 2.5" SATA-- it was approximately 45 seconds from the moment I snapped in the harddrive to the enclosure case cover and tighten those two (2) minuscule screws.
Just a reminder-- make sure you know the kind of harddrive you have and purchase with confidence. The product works well.
Luckily, Windows XP has a "New Partition Wizard" which you'll be able
to navigate your way through.
To access the wizard:
Go to Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Computer Management / Disk Management
Click on the small section that says "Unknown" or "Not Initialized".
Right click and select "Initialize Disk" then right click on the right
portion of the next window and select "New Partition" to start the New
Select "Primary Partition" and continue with the wizard.
Then you format it, which will take some time (mine took around 30 minutes). You can format it in Disk Management or you can find the disk in "My Computer" and format it there (when you click on the disk there you will get a prompt to format).
I now have another portable HDD for storage and transfering files from pc to pc. Yes, like everyone says the screws are tiny, but were no problem at all for me.
Hope this helps.
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