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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

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Product Description

Introduction

The Anker hard disk external storage enclosure for 2.5" SATA HDD/SSDs transforms your disk into a convenient and protected external hard drive. The durable yet lightweight aluminum alloy enclosure offers USB 3.0 and eSATA interfaces for fast data transfer. Tool-free installation allows fast and easy installation and swapping, and since the drive is powered through USB cable, there is no need to plug into an external power plug.

Features

- Supports HDD: 9.5mm & 12.5mm 2.5" SATA-I, SATA-II, SATA-III/SSD (SATA-III limited by eSATA cable to 3Gbps)
- Output Interfaces: USB 3.0 + eSATA; Soft blue and red LEDs indicate idle and data transfer states
- Specifications: 132 × 90 × 18.5mm, 190g, Aluminum alloy & plastic materials
- Powered via the provided USB power wire, not via the eSATA cable; no external power plug necessary

Notes

•  The eSATA cable only serves data transfers and will not power the hard disk.
•  SATA-III drives are supported for data transfer, but the eSATA cable limits transfer speeds to 3Gbps.
•  Your drive cannot be accessed via both eSATA and USB 3.0 ports at the same time. If both are connected, only the eSATA-connected computer will be able to recognize and interact with the drive while the USB connection will only be used to supply power.
•  For large data transfers, please connect the USB 2.0 plug to your computer to ensure sufficient power supply.
•  The Toshiba MK1234GSX hard disk is sized differently and does not fit our product. Please do not buy this product if you own a Toshiba MK1234GSX hard disk.

Customer Reviews

Alexander M.
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to use, only complaint or more of a hassle is taking the hard drives out. Other than that great price, love thebuild
  • 2014-07-17

Howard
  • Works well.
  • Works extremely well, with great transfer speeds. I can recommend this to anyone looking for a cheap external harddrive enclosure. Has good connectivity options but I used it with the USB 3.0 connector.
  • 2014-07-16

Steve Zeck
  • FAST, needs some mechanical refinement.
  • Pretty fast, >200Mega Bytes/Second on USB 3.0 with SSD media. Don't see the point of eSATA, because you still need power source like USB. There are some compatibility issues with some drives not fitting/ejecting out of the case. Just requires more fiddling then hoped for.
  • 2014-07-14

David C. Dare Hemp Farmer
  • the USB cord and eSATA cords seem to come out of their ports very easily and data loss is likely to occur unless you ...
  • Works OK, the USB cord and eSATA cords seem to come out of their ports very easily and data loss is likely to occur unless you super glue the cable to the connectors or something. Had some data corrupted or lost by the cable coming out prematurely. Other than that it works just fine, wish there were more instructions so I know if I have everything working right. Lime it would be nice to know what the different colors mean on the LED indicator. Is blue good? What does orange and red/green mean? Went to the website and couldn't find the information there either.
  • 2014-07-13

OZ Falconz
  • Good case
  • This is a good case, sturdy and reliable and easy to open/install/close
  • 2014-07-09
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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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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.... 
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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. 
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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?

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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!

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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
Love the Anker Page on Amazon (US)
By the way, I love the Anker page on Amazon - all of Anker's great products in one place! (http://www.amazon.com/Anker)
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gherardini

Not like they need any help selling out of most everything they have on Amazon...

Reply Report as spam Apr 14, 2014 at 5:25 PM
David Hocutt
I was surprised when I found the page myself. Anker, hey Anker! Publicize your Amazon page, please! It's a great place!
Reply Report as spam Jan 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM
xnap30
Wow! Didn't even know there was one! Thanks for showing me. I usually just go to the seller profile and see their available items. This is much cooler!
Reply Report as spam Jan 17, 2014 at 2:25 PM
TechToyWizard
Actually I've never seen that page before either. Since this forum is primarily to communicate back and forth with Anker I hope they take note of this and perhaps provide splash links to the Anker page.
Reply Report as spam Jan 17, 2014 at 6:20 PM
AnkerMember431
I haven't seen that either. That is actually really cool because it has ALL of their products. It really shows how much products Anker has made!
Reply Report as spam Jan 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM
ANKER Team
Thanks guys for the shout-out. Yes, we know our Amazon Anker page can be a great tool but we haven't publicized it more from our website because of heavy limitations on the content that we can display. Still, glad to know that you found it!
Reply Report as spam Jan 27, 2014 at 12:52 AM
Great design and very useful!
I needed to access laptop hard drives, both old and new, outside the computer itself. I already had a product to do this, but it was unwieldy and not very reliable. I looked on the Anker site and found the USB 3.0 Hard Drive Disk External Enclosure. The price was great so I slapped down my dough and received it yesterday. It works like a charm; the hard drive slips right in and into the connectors. Plugged the USB 3 cable into my computer and Poof! I have access. I was even able to repair a hard drive with the Win7 utilities and reinsert it into a laptop, something which had eluded me for several days. For those of us who know enough about computers to be dangerous, the Anker USB 3.0 External Enclosure makes dealing with removed hard drives a snap.
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xnap30
I found Anker's USB docking station to be easier to use if you have multiple hard drives you need to read and are constantly changing out hard drives for backup, restore, etc. http://www.ianker.com/product/68UPSHDDS-BU I use several of these at work in IT
Reply Report as spam Jan 17, 2014 at 2:27 PM
David Hocutt
Yes, I saw that one and it looked really cool. I just needed one for the smaller hard drives, especially my SSD drives. Thanks for the link!
Reply Report as spam Jan 17, 2014 at 10:03 PM
Purpose of 1 pc CD drive
What is the purpose of 1 pc CD drive being with the contents if the drive is plug and play? Is this a driver disk or does it contain the manual etc?
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Margaret
I think that is an error. The manual is on paper. You shouldn't need any special drivers and I don't think a CD drive is included. This has an external drive enclosure, two cables, and instructions. These enclosures are so easy to use. The only trick is making sure that you get the right case for your hard drive, size and interface.
Reply Report as spam Oct 16, 2013 at 4:57 PM
ANKER Team
The enclosure is plug-and-play, there is no driver needed. Did you mean you received a CD in the package? Please send an email to our after-sales support at support@ianker.com. We'll try our best to get to the bottom of this.
Reply Report as spam Oct 18, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Guest

I damaged my cable for the usb 3.0 SATA enclosure. How can I order a new one? Chuck Dunlap
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ANKER Team
Thanks for contacting Anker. Is the USB 3.0 cable or the eSata cable the issue? For after sale service, please contact our customer service team at support@ianker.com.
Reply Report as spam Aug 8, 2013 at 5:16 AM
claireabad78
This is a standard cable and any vendor replacement cable can be purchased.
Reply Report as spam Oct 16, 2013 at 6:44 AM
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