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Anker USB 3.0 Hard Drive Disk External Enclosure for 2.5in SATA HDD / SSD Drives

Anker USB 3.0 Hard Drive Disk External Enclosure for 2.5in SATA HDD / SSD Drives

Product Description

Solid. Superspeed. Tool-free. Data access made safe and simple.

Solid protection.

This Anker® USB 3.0 HDD enclosure is compatible with both 9.5 & 12.5 mm 2.5” SATA HDD/SSDs, supporting all SATA standards (SATA-I, SATA-II, SATA-III). The solid aluminum alloy and premium plastic case wraps your disk drive tight, protecting from possible scratch and other damage.

SuperSpeed transfer.

Adopting USB 3.0 SuperSpeed standard, the Anker® USB 3.0 HDD/SSD External Enclosure can quicken the transfer speed to up to 5Gbps. The alternative eSATA port delivers transfer rates of up to 3 Gbps. Soft blue and red LEDs indicate idle and data transfer states. Less time for syncing, more time for fun!

Easy transformation.

Requiring no tools to install, turn your hard disk drive into an external hard drive in no time. Moreover, powering through the provided USB cable, no longer get tied down with a bulky power adapter, just grab and go when you’re on the move.

For optimal use.

• Please use your device’s original cable or a third-party certified one (such as MFi).
• Compatible with all Apple and Android smartphones, tablets (including the Nexus 7) and other USB-charged devices. The iPod nano, iPod Classic, HP TouchPad, LG G2, Asus tablets and some GPS and Bluetooth devices are not supported.

Customer Reviews

Sherman H. Grossman "Sherm"
  • Works as long as the USB cable remains snugly inserted into the enclosure
  • The enclosure is everything it is supposed to be.I have only one concern: the USB 3.0 cable provided seems not to fit snugly into the enclosure (USB 3.0 Micro B end). Slight jostling loosens it and it looses its connection to the laptop. I can't tell if the problem is with the receptacle in the enclosure or the length of the male Micro B. Whichever it's annoying.
  • 2014-12-17

ThinkFunnyThings
  • Buy it...
  • I am a college instructor who moves from classroom to classroom every hour. I noticed that each computer in the classroom had an external eSATA port so I put a SSD drive in the Anker case and loaded Windows 8.1. I can move from room to room carrying my own operating system, applications and files using the SSD on this drive. I have the computer boot to the eSATA drive and ignore the internal drives. It's ten times faster then the internal HDD because none of the extra junk loads.The Anker enclosure is an excellent quality that does not require tools. There is a spring inside that helps keep the drive anchored in place. The cables are a bit long but are of excellent quality.I keep finding myself back at the Anker site buying the high quality affordable products they produce. This is my third Anker product and not my last.
  • 2014-12-16

Sean B Powell
  • Five Stars
  • Love this case. It's solid, and easy to swap drives in and out of.
  • 2014-12-14

S. Zabicki
  • Three Stars
  • Was able to keep all my files while upgrading laptop to SSD.
  • 2014-12-03

John E McBride
  • Worth buying
  • Pros: I've had this piece for about a year and it has been pretty good at what it should do. I saw the speed increase as I moved it from my older laptop with eSATA to my new tower unit that had a faster port. Data transfers are fast and the construction is mostly good.Cons: The door is made of plastic and sometimes is hard to lock properly.
  • 2014-11-20
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Customer FAQ

Q1.  Some hard disks from Seagate are unable to be identified. Why is this?
There's a batch of hard disks produced by Seagate that has compatibility issues with their firmware. You can update your firmware on Seagate’s official website to solve this problem (http://www.seagate.com).
The serial numbers of the defective products are listed below for your reference:
    ST3000DM001/9YN166/3TB     ST2500DM001/9YN16L/2.5TB     ST2000DM001/9YN164/2TB     ST1000DM003/9YN162/1TB     ST500DM005
Q2.  Why am I unable to reach SATA-III transfer rates of up to 6Gbps?
While many of our SATA devices can detect and transfer data for SATA III disks, e-SATA cables limit these transfer speeds to 3Gbps. We are currently looking into upgrade options.
Q3.  Why is the transfer rate so much slower than the 5Gbps promoted?
The USB 3.0 transfer rate is 5Gbps and has a theoretical transfer speed of 500MB/s which is about 8 times faster than the USB 2.0 transfer rate of 480Mb/s with theoretical transfer speed of 60MB/s.
There are numerous variables that will affect USB transfer rate including data source and destination and file type. With all reasonable usage environments taken into account USB 3.0 can achieve average transfer speeds about 3 times faster than that of USB 2.0.

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Latest Post

Enclosure firmware update via Mac?
How does one update the firmware on this enclosure using a Mac?  Thank you.
Replies(0) Collapse Report as spam Dec 22, 2014 at 1:09 AM
Booting a Mac over the eSATA connection?
Does this enclosure support booting a Mac over the eSATA connection?  Thank you.
Replies(0) Collapse Report as spam Dec 22, 2014 at 12:56 AM
Are both connections needed?
To get the 5 Gbps speed, do you need to plug in the eSata connection and the two USB connections? or does the 5Gbps speed work with only the two USB connections? If so, then why would you use eSata? Is it because then you would only have to plug in one of the two USB connections for power?
Replies(2) Collapse Report as spam Oct 30, 2014 at 9:03 AM
AnkerMember431
I'm not sure, but if you really want an answer fast, try contacting support@ianker.com 
Reply Report as spam Nov 1, 2014 at 11:03 AM
ANKER Team
The 5Gbps speed is attainable via the USB.

eSATA connections are actually fairly common place nowadays and many customers use them in place of USB 3.0.
Reply Report as spam Nov 11, 2014 at 3:49 AM
Replacement USB Cable
Hi,I have had an Anker USB 3.0 Hard Drive Disk External Enclosure for my 2.5in SATA SSD drives since July 2014 and I love it!   However, the USB cable must have got bent a little or something and now it only connects if I physically hold the cable against the drive.  With it being quite a specialist cable, can you advise me if you sell replacements, or if not wehere I may be able to get one.Many thanksJohn 
Replies(1) Collapse Report as spam Oct 11, 2014 at 4:46 AM
ANKER Team


Give our customer service guys a shout at support@ianker.com, they'll be able to help you out further.
Reply Report as spam Oct 12, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Kit

Nothing is happening?
I plugged it in and I got an initial loading window which went away quickly and now nothing is happening but it wont let me eject it either and says it cant be removed. It's been at least 30 minutes and there haven't been any new windows or any activity at all. What should I do?
Replies(1) Collapse Report as spam Sep 23, 2014 at 8:42 AM
ANKER Team


Try to find the driver installation icon in the bottom right hand task bar and see if there are any error messages. It may just have been an unstable connection at first.

Do please get in touch with our customer service guys at support@ianker.com and they'll be able to help you further.
Reply Report as spam Sep 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM
2 stars - good but flawed
Overall it does what it says and USB 3.0 is fast. The problem is that the USB cable is inflexible, and not secured, so moving the drive case or my laptop is often enough to dislodge the cable from the drive case and disconnect the drive, which has happened too often. A latch, and/or a more flexible cable would sort it out. As it is it is unsuitable for mobile use.The case is bare metal and would benefit from some soft feet to stop it scraping around on the desk. PS The 'Write a review' page seems to be an 'Ask a Question' form.... 
Replies(0) Collapse Report as spam May 24, 2014 at 3:21 AM
Fast, but cable disconnects too easily
Overall it does what it says and USB 3.0 is fast. The problem is that the USB cable is inflexible, and not secured, so moving the drive case or my laptop is often enough to dislodge the cable from the drive case and disconnect the drive, which has happened too often. A latch, and/or a more flexible cable would sort it out. The case is bare metal and would benefit from some soft feet to stop it scraping around on the desk. 
Replies(1) Collapse Report as spam May 24, 2014 at 3:17 AM
ANKER Team


Thanks very much for the feedback and sorry to hear that you're not 100% satisfied.

If you get in touch with our customer service guys at support@ianker.com and let them know the problems you're having then they might be able to do something to rectify these issues.
Reply Report as spam May 25, 2014 at 11:30 PM
Best 2.5" Hard Drive enclosure available
This made cloning my old hdd to a new ssd super easy. It now allows my old hdd to function as an external hard drive.  It is lightning fast and makes ejecting the hard drive easy.  be careful when puting the drive in, as it can slip off of the cradle making it hard to get out.  There is no need to force it in.  The enclosure makes it all very easy!
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gherardini
Great review!
Reply Report as spam May 22, 2014 at 3:18 PM
ANKER Team


Glad to hear that you've had your tech experience simplified with our enclosure and thanks very much for letting others know that tip!
Reply Report as spam May 25, 2014 at 8:30 PM
eSATAp Support

My laptop supports eSATAp, but not USB 3.0.  Does this unit support eSATAp, or will need to connect both a eSATA cable, as well as a USB cable for power?

Replies(1) Collapse Report as spam May 4, 2014 at 1:14 PM
ANKER Team


Unfortunately it doesn't support eSATAp.

If you want to provide extra power then you'll need to plug it into a USB port.
Reply Report as spam May 5, 2014 at 2:30 AM
Broken latch clip

I have the Anker USB 3.0 Hard Drive Disk External Enclosure for 2.5in SATA HDD / SSD Drives and I really like it. However it dropped out of my laptop bag, landed on the corner of the drive and so the little latch strike clip on the inside that helps keep it closed has broken. It's removable with just a screwdriver so I was wondering if perhaps I could get a replacement latch-strike-thingy (or two). Let me know. Thanks!

Replies(3) Collapse Report as spam Apr 14, 2014 at 8:18 AM
Fire and Ice

You should contact Anker, but since you dropped it and it wasn't a defect, they might or might not replace it

Reply Report as spam Apr 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM
gherardini

Pop them a message at support@ianker.com . See what they'll do.

Reply Report as spam Apr 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM
ANKER Team
If you give our customer service team an email at support@ianker.com and let them know your problem they might be able to get you one sorted.
Reply Report as spam Apr 18, 2014 at 3:00 AM
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