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2.5 Inch SATA/IDE eSATA/USB Enclosure
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Having praised this device so much, you have to know that it's major weakness is in the interconnect between the board and the USB junction. It delaminates under shock. There seems to no easy way to resolder a multi layer PCB to the surface mounted port. In retrospect, you should treat the protruding usb port with a little more care than myself. AKA do not shove up cars or bikes against workshop computer equipment. Anyway, I am now buying two replacements. Matthew
Electronically (eSATA/USB2.0 with a SATA-I 2.5" HDD) I had no obvious problems. Worked nicely under Linux etc. I believe it woke-up nicely with the Suspend/wake-up cycle, unlike some eSATA and USB enclosures. I had to return one of these due to the internal screw threads (as part of the metal chassis) being non-existent. Replacement seems to be better, but also the alignment of the PCB/connectors to the chassis is very hit-and-miss and can cause problems. This is due to cheap build quality, basically. OK if you're only using it temporarily, and not even screwing the thing together - but I need a build-and-forget low-power eSATA solution, not another problem. USB2.0 needs THREE USB ports for the extra power required (cables included). Bit annoying, but solid, at least. Also, in USB mode, the 'five-star-logo' activity indicator lights up with each access, but in eSATA mode, where it's arguably more important to have an indicator - it is simply lit constantly. Bit annoying, but no deal breaker. Overall, though, this is relatively-expensive at ?ú25, frankly. Quality control needs to be improved at this price. Luckily it was easy to return to Maplin, which is why I pay more sometimes, the convenience. I got a replacement which didn't seem to have such bad screw-threads! Note: importantly, the included cables are good quality (eSATA, USB2.0-Y-power-cable) and USB2.0 data cable), but why our money is wasted on a useless faux-leather slip-case, I don't know! Who cares if there's some scratches on the outside of the aluminium? The case doesn't fit all the cables in anyway.
I have 2 of these one with 250Gb and one with 500Gb drive. I use them exclusively with the eSATA interface to run Windows XP in VMware and Database software for development purposes. I also use an independant 5V PSU to save the USB sockets. This saves me having to re-build the host laptop every few months
Ideal enclosure if you have a PATA disk now and may upgrade to SATA later.
For any potential buyers, this is just great. Tested with a mixture of five or six IDE and Sata disks, spanning from 750MiB 1995 IDE up to a 300GiB 2009 Sata HDD. Most of these had multiple partitions which were recognised. The device consists of a 5 1/2 " long PCB with a Sata conn at the near end and an IDE conn at the other with some kind of bridge chip on the underside. The PCB slides into an extruded aluminium case, should you want a portable drive, but all connections are on the front side of the PCB if all you want to do is to read/write legacy disks (aka a much more expensive disk dock). ONLY tested with USB, as I have no access to to an eSatap port.
When it works it's fine but it frequently stutters and stalls. Tried with 2 hard drives, one SATA and one IDE. Drives are OK so it must be the interface. I've given up and bought another make.
A Good bit of kit I had a spare laptop HHD and it worked just great and easy to fit HHD into it and set up in no time
I bought this item in order to transfer data from failed laptop. Worked seamlessly on both usb & esata.
This enclosure only took about ten minutes to fit my h/drive and worked with no problems.
nice easy to use piece of kit. it even has its own 5 star rating printed on it.
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10 of 22 Questions
Hi, Is there any limit to the drive capacity this unit functions with? I intend to house a new 1tb drive in it to copy old smaller drive data onto.
I've taken the hard drive out of the camcorder (dropped in the pool). It is the toshiba hdd1801 MK6014GAL. I need to transfer the data to my pc. Is the product I need ?
Mr R said:
is it possible to dual- boot as I wish to install server 2003 on a sata drive
Dell w said:
will this work with a macbook?
Henry Levy said:
I have an old Vaio laptop which does not want to boot up. It was sugested that I put the drive in an enclosure and copy the data to an other machine. Would this enclosue allow for that.
Mark Ryan said:
Will this drive connect to an ATA-8 Interface?
will this item work with windows 7
Dan B said:
What is the limit on HDD size for both IDE & SATA?
Hi. Does this enclosure use two USB ports or a single USB port for both power and data?
Hi If I fit a SATA drive in the enclosure, and I wish to connect the enclosure to an E-SATA connection, will I need to connect a USB cable as well to power the internal drive.
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