• Ineo I-NA216U2PLUS USB 3.0 to SATA III Cable and Protection Case for 2.5-inch SSD and HDD, Tool Free and USB Powered
Ineo I-NA216U2PLUS USB 3.0 to SATA III Cable and Protection Case for 2.5-inch SSD and HDD, Tool Free and USB Powered

Ineo I-NA216U2PLUS USB 3.0 to SATA III Cable and Protection Case for 2.5-inch SSD and HDD, Tool Free and USB Powered

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  • As media chip supports USB 3.0 & SATA III high speed transfers
  • Simple to use USB 3.0 cable & rubber case design (vs. traditional external drive enclosures)
  • Quickly access & protect any 2.5-inch SSD or HDD
  • Does not require external power adapters or tedious assembly
  • Simply plug the USB 3.0 cable to any SSD or HDD, and put into the case
  • As media chip supports USB 3.0 & SATA III high speed transfers
  • Simple to use USB 3.0 cable & rubber case design (vs. traditional external drive enclosures)
  • Quickly access & protect any 2.5-inch SSD or HDD
  • Does not require external power adapters or tedious assembly
  • Simply plug the USB 3.0 cable to any SSD or HDD, and put into the case
  • Sleek, light weight & new way to portable external hard drive / SSD enclosure

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Works fine. Not 100% aluminum I love the way the cord wraps neatly around this enclosure, making it easy to carry around. I'm getting awfully tired of enclosure manufacturers implying that their product is 100% metal. Yeah... the part that's metal is 100% metal, but the plastic parts are 100% plastic. This is no different. The main body is aluminum, but both end-caps are plastic.Performance is as expected. I use an older 240GB SSD in mine, and it works great for fast, portable storage.Installation could be a little easier. You'll need a glasses-sized Phillips screwdriver to get it open and closed. In spite of the fact that I have lots of experience dealing with tiny screws and building computers, I found these screws to be so small that opening and closing it feels fiddly. This probably isn't the best option if you intend to do a lot of drive swapping.The activity light works well and clearly indicates data transfer. No additional power supply is included or needed - drives this size get all of their power right from the USB3 cord.Overall I'm reasonably happy. I would have paid a few dollars more for a truly 100% metal enclosure, though. I like the weight and substance of something solid. 3Awesome dock - incomplete instructions - READ MY INSTRUCTIONS BELOW First off, let me say that this dock is awesome! I'm using it with my XPS L502x & U24EXS71 and purchased the WD7500BPKT HDD for backup purposes.The item was shipped 2 day through my Prime membership and actually arrived in 1. I went out of the way to visit my UPS box and immediately set everything up when I got home.The product was set in a typical plastic tray and packaged in a cardboard box. Included were the manual, USB 3.0 cable and power adapter.The aluminum finish on the unit itself is nice and should blend in with any sort of d cor. The quality of the finish is somewhat lacking and you can see light and dark spots in the aluminum. This isn't a big deal to me because the price is pretty reasonable and the finish doesn't affect the performance in any way. At least there aren't any scratches.The directions state to insert a 2.5" or 3.5" SATA I, II or III HDD into the dock, connect the USB cable, connect the power adapter and turn on the docking station. Instead, I connected the USB cable to my XPS and the power adapter to the unit and then turned on without installing a HDD.My XPS immediately recognized the unit and initialized in less than a second. I then powered down the unit, inserted my WD HDD and turned it on. I expected the drive to show up in "My Computer" and was perplexed when it wasn't there. Because of this, I decided to look at the manual under "Partition & Format the Hard Disk Drive".For Vista & 7 users, you need to right click "My Computer" and select "Manage". You may need to authorize this due to UAC. Then the Computer Management window appears. Select Disk Management from the left. Now your new HDD should show up in the middle section of the window near the bottom as an unallocated disk. Alternatively, you can access the Computer Management window by entering the Control Panel, selecting Administrative Tools and then selecting Computer Management.At this point the directions just stopped. I was able to figure out the additional steps that need to be taken to get your HDD to work (read on). It's kinda funny...the directions for Vista & 7 users are numbered 1-3 followed by a section for XP, 2000 & 2003 users numbered 1-4 and then directions numbered 7-10 before the MAC OS X directions. What happened to 5 & 6?Right click your new HDD and select initialize. This should only take a few moments...I think it took me less than 5 seconds. After this is done, right click on the new HDD again and select "New Spanned Volume". A small window should appear and asks if you want to MBR or GPT partitions. I selected MBR as this is the standard partitioning scheme for a PC HDD. It supports 4 primary partitions per HDD and a maximum partition size of 2TB (GPT is newer and only readable by Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows Vista and Windows XP x64 Edition).Now you should be prompted to format your new HDD (if no prompt, right click select format). Initially, I selected a quick format, but after this completed in a few seconds, I decided to go all out and re-do the process for a full format. It took about 90 minutes to reach 50% (it's still formatting as I type this review).Once the formatting is complete, your new HDD will be ready for use.At this time, I cannot comment on the longevity of this product, but I assume it should last quite some time as long as it doesn't get dropped on a hard surface, shocked with a cattle prod or subjected to various forms of torture from curious children and/or pets.PROS:1. About 2/3 of the HDD sits out of the dock. This should help with cooling vs. a traditional hard drive enclosure. According to PC Wizard, which I typically use as a guideline, the current temp of my WD7500BPKT is 107.6 degrees which isn't bad considering it is being formatted. At the same time, my internal ST9750420AS is running at 102.2 degrees and that has a heat sink, fan and notebook cooler to aid in cooling.2. USB 3.0 speeds are fast & consistent with this unit3. Design should match any d cor and is compact enough to minimize clutter on your workspace4. USB 3.0 connector on dock is heavy duty (type B) and not like those cheesy connectors on most new external hard drives (type micro-B)5. After 30 seconds of non-use, the dock puts the HDD into a standby state (then when you are ready to use, the HDD resumes almost instantaneously)CONS:1. Aluminum finish could be better2. Manual needs to be revised3. USB cable could be a bit longer (it's only 36")SUGGESTIONS:1. A microfiber cover would be nice to have for keeping dust out of the dockCAUTION:1. Users need to exercise caution when inserting & removing HDD...don't just jamb it in or rip it out2. Static electricity is a huge concern when handling & storing bare HDDsBASIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEW HDD (Vista & 7 users):1. Connect USB 3.0 cable to dock & computer & connect power adapter to dock2. Insert new HDD into Dock, power on Dock and allow Windows to install/initialize new HDD4. Right click on My Computer icon and select Manage (authorize UAC if necessary)4. Select Disk Management in the Computer Management window5. Another window pops up...make sure MBR is selected and click OK6. Right click on your new HDD (unallocated disk) and select New Simple Volume7. Assign a drive letter and click Next8. Select format type, allocation size and assign a volume label (I formatted NTFS and used Default Allocation Size)9. Format the disk 5Unsure at purchase, convinced now. I ordered this two days ago when I decided that I wanted to use my spare SSD as an external drive to augment the small (256GB) SSD space in the new Macbook Pro Retina(the laptop isn't for everyone, for people that have to work on their laptops it's the best).The order arrival date was about 5 more days (I'm in Southern California, btw), so either the distributor is close, or they have elves working there.Anyway the actual product is very sleek, it's going to be extremely easy to travel around with. I just did a rough test by booting up the same virtual machine on my desktop with a 7200RPM HDD vs This USB 3.0 enclosure with the Plextor PX-M2P inside and this external device won by a slim margin.I haven't done benchmarks, yet but I can tell it's [a lot] faster then my older, higher capacity spinning HDD. The USB 3.0 interface is nice, this whole case is plastic, but it's curved so it should be able to handle a beating, there's rubber on the that makes installation a firm affair and the drive feels as if it's a part of the enclosure. The blue light that blinks isn't excessively bright (use at night doesn't bother anyone - it only blinks when it's accessed.The installation is pretty simple, there's four screws on the bottom, the supplied screw driver worked better then anything else I had available.The supplied USB 3.0 cable is about 4" long, so you may want to invest in a longer cable if it's too short for you (it's long enough to rest it alongside my track pad, or behind the monitor on my leg).I had thought about buying an aluminium case, but I'm glad I went with thisUPDATE: I think this in combination with my SSD is faster then my 7200RPM HDD. Totally worth it if you have a laptop that needs additional space. 5Truly, this is junk. I have two laptops (work and home) and neither are able to recognize this device. At first, the device was recognized on one laptop, but as I started working with the files the device disappeared. This was only about ten minutes after I started using it. Since then, I have tried everything I can to get the device to be recognized by either computer (different ports, restarting, uninstalling from device manager and reinstalling, downloading drivers). I've had several people recommend using a different cable, but the cable is integrated into the product and cannot be removed. I'm at a loss. After spending several hours researching and trying different solutions, I've decided to give up and consider this a bad purchase. It appears that some people have had luck in getting this to work, so it could be a manufacturing defect or a quality control issue. Regardless of the cause, this device does not work for me. I've never heard of the company "Ineo" before, but after this experience I'm going to avoid purchasing their products in the future. 1Looks alright but cheap materials and not the greatest fit and finish I picked this up (along with a Mediasonics USB 3 enclosure) when I got my new retina macbook. I wanted something to put the SSD from my 2011 macbook into so I could have it as a backup while I installed everything on my new one. This way I always could have old settings files and such as I found things I forgot about. I wanted something tapered just to make it go in and out of my laptop case easier.The top (white) part of this unscrews from underneath with four screws and lifts straight up. You then place the drive in the bottom, slide it forward to engage the SATA connections, then put this back on and screw down again.The plastic is kind of cheap, especially on the bottom, so be careful when you're screwing the top back on, as it wouldn't be difficult to split the female plastic part of the top where the screw goes into.Unit is quick though - I have a SATA III 256GB SSD in here, with the previous MacBook's SSD as noted for access to previous settings, but I decided to put my Parallels windows 7 virtual machine on here as well just to free up the space on my new macbook's SSD. After changing parallels to look to the new location, it booted up just as fast as it did internally, so less than 10 seconds until I've already entered my password and am at the desktop. VERY fast with an SSD in here.File copy times were impressive as well, way beyond the USB 2 copy times I'd get. I took a little under 1 minute to copy 10GB. My 23GB virtual machine file took exactly 2 minutes to copy to it. Much better than I was seeing with older USB 2 connections.It's faster than my Mediasonics one was with the same SSD in it (did a bit of comparison before putting drives permanently in each) so the electronics in here work better than it did with USB 3. Not a problem for me since that one ended up then with the spinning 500GB drive for my time machine backups, so the less speed for it was fine since it got a slower drive anyway.All in all, a well functioning unit for the price, just be careful of the plastic. 4Works Great I have been using this for two weeks now with 2 drives plugged into it. I have not tried the copy feature (not why I bought it). I'm using this more as a dock for two hard drives that have been sitting around that I could use for data. Anyways, I read a few reviews here who said the connection kept dropping or something to that extent. I just wanted to add my voice to the group who have not experienced this. It hasn't happened a single time to me. All data flows back and forth with no issues at all. I have it plugged into an Anker 4-port USB 3.0 hub that's plugged into my MacBook. I formatted one drive as the Mac Journaled file system and another drive as exFAT. Both work fine with no issues. Not sure if the performance is better/worse on a Windows or Linux machine, I've got both but haven't plugged this into either of them as I use my Mac primarily. The connection issue that some have reported could be an OS thing, could be a driver thing, could be a cable thing....who knows. Thankfully I have not had that issue and for the price, you really can't beat this product. It looks nice, works well, and is low cost. 5Perfect so far, and cheap I grabbed a couple of these for how cheap they are and I needed a few cases. The reviews seemed to indicate these don't work, but for me they all have been working flawlessly.The package also stated these are only supported up to 750gb, which worried me as I wanted to throw in a 1TB laptop drive I just got from my new laptop. Well it turns out these do work with 1TB drives. The drive is no longer in one of these cases, but I had to see for my own if they supported more than 750 or not, and they in fact do for anybody who cares to know that.They tested the drives speed on benchmark atto, at 75MB/s(must be the crappy offbrand laptop drive along with the 5400RPM). So it certainly is running at normal capacity and USB 3.0 is working as intended.These cases are a breeze, I love them actually. Pop open the two latches/hooks, and install the adapter to the HDD or SSD and fit it into the case, snap close and away you go with a USB 3.0 case.I was thinking I might put a single band of electric tape or a tape of some type around it as it is screw-less, and I want the added security feeling in case of someone dropping it.The cords supplied with it, conform to the normal 2.5 drive standard that seems to be going around, but they are quite short, maybe just 10 inches.Certainly 5 stars without a doubt. Hope this has helped. 5Drives not getting enough power? Note that these are functionally identical to the StarTech S2510BMU33CB. Same electronics, just a slightly different texture and labeling on the center shell area.I bought two of these for some older 7200RPM 320GB disk drives I had laying around. While they seemed like they were working at first, I discovered that the power the controller is supplying to the drives is insufficient. During heavy operations, the drives will sometimes reset because they don't get enough power. Putting a short 3-foot SATA 3 extension cable in between the host computer and the drive will cause them to completely fail. Front-panel USB ports may not work for the same reason (verified on 2 different systems).The enclosure/caddy itself is very nice. The LED is a little too bright for my taste, but it's acceptable. The cord is flexible, soft, and has enough length. 1The Love-Hate Scenario... Positives:* Has two drive slots - each slot can support a slim SSD or the 3.5in HDD drives so you can mix and match.* The Copy function is REALLY awesome. It does a COMPLETE copy of the entire drive to another drive and no computer is needed for the process* Relatively small footprint (single HD units of this type are not that much smaller).Cons:* 1tb drive copy took about 30 mins (2.5in HDD ->2.5in SSD) and at the end, both drives were definitely *warm*. Some form of cooling solution would help when the unit is being used regularly.* The unit has a kinda cheap plastic white top, so this unit must be handled with care (the photo of the product is not really true to the look).* The USB cable provided is incredibly short. I highly recommend you consider purchasing a 6ft USB 3.0 cable along with this unit - make sure it's a TYPE A to TYPE B USB 3.0 Cable!!* Not recommended as a dock for your HD. Normally, when the computer goes to sleep/shutdown the hard drives sleep/shutdown as well. This thing is still keeping the drive active even when the compuer is off/sleeping. This will take a toll on your drive and ultimately will contribute to it being worn-out.Summary: This is a weird unit, it definitely has some cheap-feeling aspects to the build quality, yet it does it's job pretty well and is absolutely invaluable if you want to migrate your data to a new drive without having to to do it with your computer. 4WARNING: DO NOT PURCHASE THIS ITEM. I noticed a few bad reviews about this cable not working with 3.0 USB ports, but I didn't listen and I purchased this anyways. The cable would constantly disconnect my SSD when I was trying to do a transfer and only worked when I plugged it into a USB 2.0 port. Even then the transfer rate was only 12mb/s when a USB 2.0 port easily allows for over 30mb/s transfer rate. Considering how fast my laptop is with other USB devices and that I was transferring to a new flash-based SSD, the cable was clearly the limiting factor in the transfer rate. It was a cheap purchase, but thankfully Amazon gave me a full refund. Just avoid this one all together and purchase a better SATA III to USB 3.0 cable if you plan on externally transferring saves to an internal hard drive. 1
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Works fine. Not 100% aluminum I love the way the cord wraps neatly around this enclosure, making it easy to carry around. I'm getting awfully tired of enclosure manufacturers implying that their product is 100% metal. Yeah... the part that's metal is 100% metal, but the plastic parts are 100% plastic. This is no different. The main body is aluminum, but both end-caps are plastic.Performance is as expected. I use an older 240GB SSD in mine, and it works great for fast, portable storage.Installation could be a little easier. You'll need a glasses-sized Phillips screwdriver to get it open and closed. In spite of the fact that I have lots of experience dealing with tiny screws and building computers, I found these screws to be so small that opening and closing it feels fiddly. This probably isn't the best option if you intend to do a lot of drive swapping.The activity light works well and clearly indicates data transfer. No additional power supply is included or needed - drives this size get all of their power right from the USB3 cord.Overall I'm reasonably happy. I would have paid a few dollars more for a truly 100% metal enclosure, though. I like the weight and substance of something solid. 3Awesome dock - incomplete instructions - READ MY INSTRUCTIONS BELOW First off, let me say that this dock is awesome! I'm using it with my XPS L502x & U24EXS71 and purchased the WD7500BPKT HDD for backup purposes.The item was shipped 2 day through my Prime membership and actually arrived in 1. I went out of the way to visit my UPS box and immediately set everything up when I got home.The product was set in a typical plastic tray and packaged in a cardboard box. Included were the manual, USB 3.0 cable and power adapter.The aluminum finish on the unit itself is nice and should blend in with any sort of d cor. The quality of the finish is somewhat lacking and you can see light and dark spots in the aluminum. This isn't a big deal to me because the price is pretty reasonable and the finish doesn't affect the performance in any way. At least there aren't any scratches.The directions state to insert a 2.5" or 3.5" SATA I, II or III HDD into the dock, connect the USB cable, connect the power adapter and turn on the docking station. Instead, I connected the USB cable to my XPS and the power adapter to the unit and then turned on without installing a HDD.My XPS immediately recognized the unit and initialized in less than a second. I then powered down the unit, inserted my WD HDD and turned it on. I expected the drive to show up in "My Computer" and was perplexed when it wasn't there. Because of this, I decided to look at the manual under "Partition & Format the Hard Disk Drive".For Vista & 7 users, you need to right click "My Computer" and select "Manage". You may need to authorize this due to UAC. Then the Computer Management window appears. Select Disk Management from the left. Now your new HDD should show up in the middle section of the window near the bottom as an unallocated disk. Alternatively, you can access the Computer Management window by entering the Control Panel, selecting Administrative Tools and then selecting Computer Management.At this point the directions just stopped. I was able to figure out the additional steps that need to be taken to get your HDD to work (read on). It's kinda funny...the directions for Vista & 7 users are numbered 1-3 followed by a section for XP, 2000 & 2003 users numbered 1-4 and then directions numbered 7-10 before the MAC OS X directions. What happened to 5 & 6?Right click your new HDD and select initialize. This should only take a few moments...I think it took me less than 5 seconds. After this is done, right click on the new HDD again and select "New Spanned Volume". A small window should appear and asks if you want to MBR or GPT partitions. I selected MBR as this is the standard partitioning scheme for a PC HDD. It supports 4 primary partitions per HDD and a maximum partition size of 2TB (GPT is newer and only readable by Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows Vista and Windows XP x64 Edition).Now you should be prompted to format your new HDD (if no prompt, right click select format). Initially, I selected a quick format, but after this completed in a few seconds, I decided to go all out and re-do the process for a full format. It took about 90 minutes to reach 50% (it's still formatting as I type this review).Once the formatting is complete, your new HDD will be ready for use.At this time, I cannot comment on the longevity of this product, but I assume it should last quite some time as long as it doesn't get dropped on a hard surface, shocked with a cattle prod or subjected to various forms of torture from curious children and/or pets.PROS:1. About 2/3 of the HDD sits out of the dock. This should help with cooling vs. a traditional hard drive enclosure. According to PC Wizard, which I typically use as a guideline, the current temp of my WD7500BPKT is 107.6 degrees which isn't bad considering it is being formatted. At the same time, my internal ST9750420AS is running at 102.2 degrees and that has a heat sink, fan and notebook cooler to aid in cooling.2. USB 3.0 speeds are fast & consistent with this unit3. Design should match any d cor and is compact enough to minimize clutter on your workspace4. USB 3.0 connector on dock is heavy duty (type B) and not like those cheesy connectors on most new external hard drives (type micro-B)5. After 30 seconds of non-use, the dock puts the HDD into a standby state (then when you are ready to use, the HDD resumes almost instantaneously)CONS:1. Aluminum finish could be better2. Manual needs to be revised3. USB cable could be a bit longer (it's only 36")SUGGESTIONS:1. A microfiber cover would be nice to have for keeping dust out of the dockCAUTION:1. Users need to exercise caution when inserting & removing HDD...don't just jamb it in or rip it out2. Static electricity is a huge concern when handling & storing bare HDDsBASIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEW HDD (Vista & 7 users):1. Connect USB 3.0 cable to dock & computer & connect power adapter to dock2. Insert new HDD into Dock, power on Dock and allow Windows to install/initialize new HDD4. Right click on My Computer icon and select Manage (authorize UAC if necessary)4. Select Disk Management in the Computer Management window5. Another window pops up...make sure MBR is selected and click OK6. Right click on your new HDD (unallocated disk) and select New Simple Volume7. Assign a drive letter and click Next8. Select format type, allocation size and assign a volume label (I formatted NTFS and used Default Allocation Size)9. Format the disk 5Unsure at purchase, convinced now. I ordered this two days ago when I decided that I wanted to use my spare SSD as an external drive to augment the small (256GB) SSD space in the new Macbook Pro Retina(the laptop isn't for everyone, for people that have to work on their laptops it's the best).The order arrival date was about 5 more days (I'm in Southern California, btw), so either the distributor is close, or they have elves working there.Anyway the actual product is very sleek, it's going to be extremely easy to travel around with. I just did a rough test by booting up the same virtual machine on my desktop with a 7200RPM HDD vs This USB 3.0 enclosure with the Plextor PX-M2P inside and this external device won by a slim margin.I haven't done benchmarks, yet but I can tell it's [a lot] faster then my older, higher capacity spinning HDD. The USB 3.0 interface is nice, this whole case is plastic, but it's curved so it should be able to handle a beating, there's rubber on the that makes installation a firm affair and the drive feels as if it's a part of the enclosure. The blue light that blinks isn't excessively bright (use at night doesn't bother anyone - it only blinks when it's accessed.The installation is pretty simple, there's four screws on the bottom, the supplied screw driver worked better then anything else I had available.The supplied USB 3.0 cable is about 4" long, so you may want to invest in a longer cable if it's too short for you (it's long enough to rest it alongside my track pad, or behind the monitor on my leg).I had thought about buying an aluminium case, but I'm glad I went with thisUPDATE: I think this in combination with my SSD is faster then my 7200RPM HDD. Totally worth it if you have a laptop that needs additional space. 5Truly, this is junk. I have two laptops (work and home) and neither are able to recognize this device. At first, the device was recognized on one laptop, but as I started working with the files the device disappeared. This was only about ten minutes after I started using it. Since then, I have tried everything I can to get the device to be recognized by either computer (different ports, restarting, uninstalling from device manager and reinstalling, downloading drivers). I've had several people recommend using a different cable, but the cable is integrated into the product and cannot be removed. I'm at a loss. After spending several hours researching and trying different solutions, I've decided to give up and consider this a bad purchase. It appears that some people have had luck in getting this to work, so it could be a manufacturing defect or a quality control issue. Regardless of the cause, this device does not work for me. I've never heard of the company "Ineo" before, but after this experience I'm going to avoid purchasing their products in the future. 1Looks alright but cheap materials and not the greatest fit and finish I picked this up (along with a Mediasonics USB 3 enclosure) when I got my new retina macbook. I wanted something to put the SSD from my 2011 macbook into so I could have it as a backup while I installed everything on my new one. This way I always could have old settings files and such as I found things I forgot about. I wanted something tapered just to make it go in and out of my laptop case easier.The top (white) part of this unscrews from underneath with four screws and lifts straight up. You then place the drive in the bottom, slide it forward to engage the SATA connections, then put this back on and screw down again.The plastic is kind of cheap, especially on the bottom, so be careful when you're screwing the top back on, as it wouldn't be difficult to split the female plastic part of the top where the screw goes into.Unit is quick though - I have a SATA III 256GB SSD in here, with the previous MacBook's SSD as noted for access to previous settings, but I decided to put my Parallels windows 7 virtual machine on here as well just to free up the space on my new macbook's SSD. After changing parallels to look to the new location, it booted up just as fast as it did internally, so less than 10 seconds until I've already entered my password and am at the desktop. VERY fast with an SSD in here.File copy times were impressive as well, way beyond the USB 2 copy times I'd get. I took a little under 1 minute to copy 10GB. My 23GB virtual machine file took exactly 2 minutes to copy to it. Much better than I was seeing with older USB 2 connections.It's faster than my Mediasonics one was with the same SSD in it (did a bit of comparison before putting drives permanently in each) so the electronics in here work better than it did with USB 3. Not a problem for me since that one ended up then with the spinning 500GB drive for my time machine backups, so the less speed for it was fine since it got a slower drive anyway.All in all, a well functioning unit for the price, just be careful of the plastic. 4Works Great I have been using this for two weeks now with 2 drives plugged into it. I have not tried the copy feature (not why I bought it). I'm using this more as a dock for two hard drives that have been sitting around that I could use for data. Anyways, I read a few reviews here who said the connection kept dropping or something to that extent. I just wanted to add my voice to the group who have not experienced this. It hasn't happened a single time to me. All data flows back and forth with no issues at all. I have it plugged into an Anker 4-port USB 3.0 hub that's plugged into my MacBook. I formatted one drive as the Mac Journaled file system and another drive as exFAT. Both work fine with no issues. Not sure if the performance is better/worse on a Windows or Linux machine, I've got both but haven't plugged this into either of them as I use my Mac primarily. The connection issue that some have reported could be an OS thing, could be a driver thing, could be a cable thing....who knows. Thankfully I have not had that issue and for the price, you really can't beat this product. It looks nice, works well, and is low cost. 5Perfect so far, and cheap I grabbed a couple of these for how cheap they are and I needed a few cases. The reviews seemed to indicate these don't work, but for me they all have been working flawlessly.The package also stated these are only supported up to 750gb, which worried me as I wanted to throw in a 1TB laptop drive I just got from my new laptop. Well it turns out these do work with 1TB drives. The drive is no longer in one of these cases, but I had to see for my own if they supported more than 750 or not, and they in fact do for anybody who cares to know that.They tested the drives speed on benchmark atto, at 75MB/s(must be the crappy offbrand laptop drive along with the 5400RPM). So it certainly is running at normal capacity and USB 3.0 is working as intended.These cases are a breeze, I love them actually. Pop open the two latches/hooks, and install the adapter to the HDD or SSD and fit it into the case, snap close and away you go with a USB 3.0 case.I was thinking I might put a single band of electric tape or a tape of some type around it as it is screw-less, and I want the added security feeling in case of someone dropping it.The cords supplied with it, conform to the normal 2.5 drive standard that seems to be going around, but they are quite short, maybe just 10 inches.Certainly 5 stars without a doubt. Hope this has helped. 5Drives not getting enough power? Note that these are functionally identical to the StarTech S2510BMU33CB. Same electronics, just a slightly different texture and labeling on the center shell area.I bought two of these for some older 7200RPM 320GB disk drives I had laying around. While they seemed like they were working at first, I discovered that the power the controller is supplying to the drives is insufficient. During heavy operations, the drives will sometimes reset because they don't get enough power. Putting a short 3-foot SATA 3 extension cable in between the host computer and the drive will cause them to completely fail. Front-panel USB ports may not work for the same reason (verified on 2 different systems).The enclosure/caddy itself is very nice. The LED is a little too bright for my taste, but it's acceptable. The cord is flexible, soft, and has enough length. 1The Love-Hate Scenario... Positives:* Has two drive slots - each slot can support a slim SSD or the 3.5in HDD drives so you can mix and match.* The Copy function is REALLY awesome. It does a COMPLETE copy of the entire drive to another drive and no computer is needed for the process* Relatively small footprint (single HD units of this type are not that much smaller).Cons:* 1tb drive copy took about 30 mins (2.5in HDD ->2.5in SSD) and at the end, both drives were definitely *warm*. Some form of cooling solution would help when the unit is being used regularly.* The unit has a kinda cheap plastic white top, so this unit must be handled with care (the photo of the product is not really true to the look).* The USB cable provided is incredibly short. I highly recommend you consider purchasing a 6ft USB 3.0 cable along with this unit - make sure it's a TYPE A to TYPE B USB 3.0 Cable!!* Not recommended as a dock for your HD. Normally, when the computer goes to sleep/shutdown the hard drives sleep/shutdown as well. This thing is still keeping the drive active even when the compuer is off/sleeping. This will take a toll on your drive and ultimately will contribute to it being worn-out.Summary: This is a weird unit, it definitely has some cheap-feeling aspects to the build quality, yet it does it's job pretty well and is absolutely invaluable if you want to migrate your data to a new drive without having to to do it with your computer. 4WARNING: DO NOT PURCHASE THIS ITEM. I noticed a few bad reviews about this cable not working with 3.0 USB ports, but I didn't listen and I purchased this anyways. The cable would constantly disconnect my SSD when I was trying to do a transfer and only worked when I plugged it into a USB 2.0 port. Even then the transfer rate was only 12mb/s when a USB 2.0 port easily allows for over 30mb/s transfer rate. Considering how fast my laptop is with other USB devices and that I was transferring to a new flash-based SSD, the cable was clearly the limiting factor in the transfer rate. It was a cheap purchase, but thankfully Amazon gave me a full refund. Just avoid this one all together and purchase a better SATA III to USB 3.0 cable if you plan on externally transferring saves to an internal hard drive. 1
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