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Sabrent Ultra Slim 2.5-Inch IDE to USB 2.0 External Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure (SBT-EKU25)
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- Complies with ATA/ATAPI-6 specifications
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So for $7.36 I made myself a portable drive. I know that a portable drive now days is defined as a USB dongle, but there is something about a HD that makes me feel more comfortable with storing pictures, documents and music.
The enclosure is made of aluminum, which is great for this HD; since it is 7200 RPM it has a tendency to get warm. The aluminum casing helps to dissipate that heat.
There is no science or mystery related to the assembly of the HD inside of the enclosure, just to open the end of the enclosure, slide out the end with the HD connections, plug it to the HD and slide the whole assembly back into the enclosure, there are a couple of screws and a small screwdriver, to secure the enclosure from opening.
The cable provided has a secondary USB power supply, this is just in case that the device to which you are connecting the HD does not have enough power to make it work, so if that is the case you only have to connect the second USB connection to another port.
I have never had the need to connect the secondary USB cable.
It couldn't be any simpler of a device to put together though.
Open box, insert 2.5" laptop HDD and then slide together.
Insert holding screws (they give you a little screw driver for this as well)
connect the cable (double end goes to PC, you need 2 open USB ports on PC)
plug other cable end into unit and it'll power up and your PC will take a moment to recognize it then it's off to the races.
Transfer rates will be limited by the HDD that you place in the device.
I transferred over 12 gigs in like 25 minutes with a 5400rpm old as heck 20gig laptop HDD (yeah it's a 20gig, it's from like 2001 out of my old gateway laptop from when I was in the military).
The only thing I would like to see different with this device is a better set of instruction. If you are familiar with Sabrent though you will know that XP typically doesn't need a driver installed as they use standardized equipment and so on.
Basically this is the best bang for the buck.
Notes on the LED on the case:
green means it's ready and waiting (not in use/being read)
orange/redish light means it's either being read or written to.
I was able to easily plug the 30GB hard drive into the IDE to USB HUB, slide it into the enclosure and put the 2 screws to tighten it up. Once completed I hooked the one side of the USB Cord (With the single USB Jack) into the USB IDE enclosure and the other side with the Two USB jacks into my Windows 7 PC. The Drive enclosure automatically loaded the drivers without any external driver files (It worked for both my 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows 7)and automatically loaded it up as an external Drive unto my PC. After that I was able to easily search and navigate the drive with no problems.
Noted Criticisms on the enclosure from other Reviews:
- Some of the Commentaries I read on the enclosure concerning not Working with the Windows 7 OS seems to have been corrected, as stated above I was able to read this drive with both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows 7.
- I have not tried this on Windows 8 so I do not know if it work on the Operating System, However according to the System Requirements on the enclosures box it is suppose to. I will update this review if that changes.
- The screws are indeed very small so insure when installing the enclosure to do it over a workbench or table in case one of them drops.
- For the most part there was very little moving of the hard drive once in the enclosure, it seemed very secure other than that.
- Insure to order the correct type Laptop Drive enclosure be fore ordering (Make sure it will support IDE and accidentally order one that will work on Sata Only).
- As noted in other review comments this should ONLY be used to pull off whatever data that is needed and nothing more. while the enclosure works like a charm there is no real ventilation for the heat of the hard drive to ventilate and will start getting warm after 3 to 4 hours. I would highly discourage using this as a portable external drive for other uses do to the reasons I just mentioned but probably could do so if in a pinch.
What Comes with it:
- The USB HUB and connecting enclosure
- One 2 jack USB Cord that plugs into the Enclosure and destination PC
- 3 tiny Phillips screws and screw driver
- Leather carry case pouch for enclosure (DO NOT RUN USB enclosure inside the pouch due to heat of the Drive)
- Two Available USB 2.0 ports on the computer (1.1 USB Compatible).
- Windows: 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions (With the exception of Windows 2000 which only comes in 32 bit, Not tested on Windows 8 or any of the Windows Server 2003, 2008, or 2012 but may work on those as well just not tested yet)
- MAC: OS X (Have not tested it on MAC)
Overall, My client is thrilled she can now access her data and photos of her family that were not accessible when her laptop died. I would highly recommend this product for those in a similar situation.