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2.5 Inch SATA/IDE eSATA/USB Enclosure

Code: A49HG


4.3  out of 5 based on 12 reviews
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  • 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure
  • Allows both IDE or SATA hard drives to be mounted inside the enclosure
  • Converts IDE HDDs for use in a USB port or a SATA HDD for use in USB or eSATA

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2.5 Inch SATA/IDE eSATA/USB Enclosure

• 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure• Allows both IDE or SATA hard drives to be mounted inside the enclosure• Converts IDE HDDs for use in a USB port or a SATA HDD for use in USB or eSATA• Easy to set switch for USB or eSATA use• Supports up to 3Gbps on SATA• Fanless design• USB 2.0 and eSATA cables• Carry case

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  • Build quality poor, electronics quality OK; no activity LED in eSATA mode though

    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 £25, 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.

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  • Ideal enclosure if you have a PATA disk now and may upgrade to SATA later.

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  • 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

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  • Excellent piece of kit. Very simple to use. I spilt water on my laptop and fried the motherboard. Using the enclosure I have rescued my hard drive and as well as recovering my files and I now have a 320GB external hard drive.

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  • Excellent piece of kit. Very simple to use. I spilt water on my laptop and fried the motherboard. Using the enclosure I have rescued my hard drive and as well as recovering my files and I now have a 320GB external hard drive.

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  • I bought this to recover my data off my old laptop's hard drive after the motherboard broke. The interface will fit a variety of hard drives onto it - luckily mine was included - and although my hard drive wouldn't fit into the aluminium case provided, that didn't really matter because I wasn't intending to use it as an external hard drive. I've since removed my old hard drive so the device can be used again if it ever happens again to me or any of my family or friends. A very handy piece of kit.

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  • This enclosure only took about ten minutes to fit my h/drive and worked with no problems.

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  • nice easy to use piece of kit. it even has its own 5 star rating printed on it.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Alan said:

    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.

    The most we can recommend is 500gb with this item.

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  • Jay said:

    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 ?

    Yes the product does support that.

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  • Mr R said:

    is it possible to dual- boot as I wish to install server 2003 on a sata drive

    Yes the product does support that.

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  • Dell w said:

    will this work with a macbook?

    Yes the product does support that.

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  • 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.

    Yes the product does support that.

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  • Mark Ryan said:

    Will this drive connect to an ATA-8 Interface?

    Yes the product does support that.

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  • alan said:

    will this item work with windows 7

    Windows 7 support is not guaranteed for this product currently. However the item should work using the standard mass storage class device drivers found within Windows.

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  • Dan B said:

    What is the limit on HDD size for both IDE & SATA?

    The most we can recommend is 500gb with this item.

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  • Mijalo said:

    Hi. Does this enclosure use two USB ports or a single USB port for both power and data?

    It uses 2.

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  • James said:

    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.

    You would need to connect the eSATA and one of the USB ports to power it.

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