Maplin Powered 3.5 Inch External SATA to USB Hard Drive Enclosure

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About this product


Product overview

• External USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure for 3.5-inch SATA drives
• USB 3.0 connection transfers data up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 connections
• Powered via USB, without the need for an additional mains AC adapter
• Portable, hard wearing enclosure protects installed drives from damage
• Plug and play functionality lets you access installed drives without the need of additional software or drivers
• LED light shows power and drive activity when in use

How does this enclosure benefit me?
This portable enclosure allows you to access data stored on 3.5-inch internal SATA hard drives, without needing to install them into your computer system. You can also utilise any spare 3.5-inch SATA HDD you may have and use them as an external storage solution.

Is this enclosure easy to use?
Once a 3.5-inch hard disk is installed into the enclosure, simply attach the USB 3.0 cable and connect the enclosure to any USB port, the enclosure is compatible with USB version 3.0 ports but can be used on version 2.0 ports with a reduction in transfer speeds. Once connected, you can read and write data to the hard disk installed into the enclosure. The enclosure is plug and play compliant, which means no additional software or drivers are needed for the enclosure to operate.

How is this enclosure powered?
The Maplin 3.5-inch external enclosure is powered via the connected USB port, so no additional mains AC adaptors are needed.
You can use the enclosure in any location where extra storage space for a computer is needed, or when you need to recover data from a removed internal hard disk.


Operating Specifications

Drive Form Factor:

3.5 inch


PC Connection Type:




Hard Drive Enclosure

Power Specifications

Power Supply:


Hi, if I use this with the hard drive from my old desk top would I be able to use my old Word program, and retreive information from my E-mail pages Many thanks in advance Bernie

Asked by: Bernie
Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee full compatibility for this item in your intended application, I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-10-02

will this work as an external hdd for a ps4?

Asked by: steman
does the housing work with the ps4 with a 2tb hdd inside (i didnt really explain my original question very well)
Answered by: steman
Date published: 2017-08-30

Would I need to format the hdd after connecting it to a computer to be able to access the data on it, as i do not want to wipe the hdd, just access photos,music and some programs already on it, its out of an old pc that has stopped working.?

Asked by: Dave34
This would depend on the format file system that both peripherals are using.
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-08-28

Is any adaptor needed for this enclosure to hold a 2.5" SSD?

Asked by: Alistair
Unfortunately i am sorry but the item in question doesn't support use in you intended application. This is for 3.5 inch drives.
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-07-25

Hi, does this come with the usb cable? Cheers Paul

Asked by: asharkman
Yes this will be included.
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-07-25

Can i connect this to my Network router and use it as a network drive.

Asked by: fred
This will depend if the router supports it.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-07-10

Hi, can you tell me if this enclosure will power from the usb socket on my smart tv.

Asked by: rayd
Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee full compatibility for this item in your intended application, I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-05-31

What is the maximum capacity drive that will work with this? Many enclosures are limited to 2TB.

Asked by: JohnnyC
any 3.5 inch drive of any capacity should work fine with this enclosure
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-03-25
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