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ezDISK ezDISK ezDISK ezDISK EZ0330 USB3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station - Support SATA I/II/III Up To 8TB, Support Both 512 Byte/Sector and 4K/Sector Formats, Energy Saver Function Integrated
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  • $49.90
  • $29.90 
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Orico Orico Orico ORICO SuperSpeed USB3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 & 3.5 Inches HDD & SSD - Black
  (18)
  •  Fit with 2.5 & 3.5 inch ...
  •  USB3.0
  •  12V2.5A Power Adapter
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: Plastic
  • Dimensions: 5.8 x 3.5 x 3.2 inches
  • Fan: No
  • Model #: ORICO 8619US3-BK
  • Item #: 9SIA1DS19P6631
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  • $49.99
  • $19.99 
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STARTECH STARTECH STARTECH StarTech.com 2.5" Aluminum USB 3.0 SATA III Hard Drive Enclosure w/ UASP - SSD/HDD Height up to 12.5mm
  (6)
  •  Support for HDD / SSD up...
  •  Maximum heat dissipation...
  •  UASP Support for optimal...
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 0.90" x 4.90" x 3.10" (H x L x W)
  • Fan: No
  • Specifications: Bus Type: USB 3.0 Chipset ID: Asmedia 1053E Number of 2.5 inch bays: 1 Host Connectors: 1 - USB 3.0 Micro-B (10 pin; SuperSpeed) Female Drive Connectors: 1 - SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin) Receptacle UASP Support: Yes Type and Rate: - USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s - SATA III (6 Gbps) Power Adapter Included: USB-Powered LED Indicators: 1 - Power/Activity LED
  • Model #: S2510SM12U33
  • Item #: N82E16817707333
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Vantec Vantec Vantec VANTEC NST-270A31-BK 2.5" Black Standard SATA Micro B 2.5” SATA 6 Gb/s to USB 3.1 Gen II Type-A SSD/HDD Enclosure
  (4)
  •  2.5"
  •  Micro B
  •  Up to 2TB
  • Material: Aluminum / Plastic
  • Fan: No
  • Specifications: Device Support: SATA I/II/III Hard Drives/SSD Device Size: 2.5" (7mm to 9.5mm thick SSD/HDD) Internal Interface: Standard SATA External Interface: Micro B Interface Cable: USB 3.1 (Type-A to Micro B) (Type-A is Compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0) HD Capacity: Up to 2 TB* Material: Aluminum/ Plastic Dimension: 120 x 77 x 15.5 mm USB Cable Length: 432 mm (17 inches)
  • Type: Enclosure
  • Model #: NST-270A31-BK
  • Item #: N82E16817392087
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

ICY DOCK ICY DOCK ICY DOCK ICY DOCK MB662U3-2S R1 3.5" White SATA I/II/III USB 3.0 ICYRaid Dual Bay Tool-less 3.5" SATA III HDD USB 3.0 External RAID Enclosure (Support UASP)
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  •  3.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Aluminum Body with Parti...
  • Material: Aluminum Body with Partial plastic
  • Dimensions: 2.40" x 5.28" x 8.07"
  • Fan: 40mm Cooling Fan with Adjustable Fan Speed Control & Aluminum Body Heat Dispersion
  • Specifications: Drive Fit : 2 x 3.5”SATA I, II & III HDD Host Interface : USB3.0 (Backwards compatible with USB 2.0) Transfer Rate : Up to 5Gb/sec via USB 3.0 Up to 480Mb/sec via USB 2.0 Power Supply : DC 12V/4A Power Adapter RAID Modes : RAID 1 (SAFE), RAID 0 (FAST), BIG & JBOD (Non RAID) RAID Setting : Horizontal slide switch Drive Cooling : 40mm Cooling Fan with Adjustable Fan Speed Control & Aluminum Body Heat Dispersion HDD LED Indicator : Empty bay - LED off HDD idle - solid white HDD fail - solid red HDD access/ RAID rebuilding - flashing white Rebuilding LED Indicator : When RAID rebuild - flashing white When RAID rebuild finished ...
  • Model #: MB662U3-2S R1
  • Item #: N82E16817198063
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Orico Orico Orico ORICO 25AU3 Aluminum 2.5-Inch Tool Free USB 3.0 SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure - Red
  (4)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Aluminum
  • AC Adapter: No
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 132x90x14 mm
  • Fan: No
  • Model #: ORICO 25AU3-RD
  • Item #: 9SIA1DS14F8977
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  • $39.99
  • $9.99 
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Syba Syba Syba SYBA SI-ENC50070 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA USB 3.0 IO Crest USB 3.0 Docking Station for 2.5" and 3.5" SATA HDD
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  •  2.5" & 3.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  • Type: Dock
  • Operating Systems Supported: Windows 8 Windows 7 XP Windows 2000 Mac
  • Weight: 1
  • Package Contents: 1 x Docking Station 1 x User Manual 1 x 12V/2.5A power supply 1 x USB3.0 Cable
  • Model #: SI-ENC50070
  • Item #: N82E16817801128
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

STARTECH STARTECH STARTECH StarTech HSB4SATSASBA 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III/SAS 4 Bay Aluminum Trayless Hot Swap Mobile Rack Backplane for 3.5in SAS II/SATA III - 6 Gbps HDD
  (3)
  •  3.5"
  •  Aluminum
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 4.90" x 5.70" x 7.80"
  • Fan: Yes
  • Specifications: Key Lock: Yes Number of Drives: 4 Drive Installation: Removable Number of internal 3.5 inch bays: 4 Fan(s): Yes Fans: 1 - 70 mm Fan Bearing Type: Sleeve Bearing Drive Connectors: 4 - SFF-8482 (29 pin; Data & Power; Internal SAS) Receptacle Host Connectors: 2 - SATA Power (15 pin) Receptacle 4 - SATA (7 pin; Data) Receptacle Maximum Data Transfer Rate: 6 Gbit/s Max Drive Capacity: Currently tested with up to 6TB 7200 RPM hard drives
  • Model #: HSB4SATSASBA
  • Item #: N82E16817998238
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STARTECH STARTECH STARTECH StarTech SDOCKU33HB 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA Hard Drive Docking Station SSD / HDD with integrated Fast Charge USB Hub and UASP support
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  •  Compatible with USB 3.0/...
  •  Supports 2.5/3.5" HDD/SS...
  •  Built-in USB 3.0 Hub wit...
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 2.2" x 5.1" x 2.8" (H x L x W)
  • Fan: No
  • Specifications: Chipset ID: VIA812+ASM1053E Type and Rate: SATA III (6 Gbps) Type and Rate: USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s UASP Support: Yes
  • Model #: SDOCKU33HB
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Thermaltake Thermaltake Thermaltake Thermaltake Muse 5G Drive Enclosure - External - Silver
  •  USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: Height:0.7" x Width:3.1" x Depth:5.0"
  • Type: Office Products
  • Weight: 3.42 oz
  • Model #: ST0041Z
  • Item #: N82E16817153184
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STARTECH STARTECH STARTECH StarTech.com USB 3.0 2.5-Inch Universal SATA III or IDE Hard Drive Enclosure with UASP Portable External (UNI251BMU33)
  (3)
  •  2.5" hard drive enclosur...
  •  IDE HDD or SSD enclosure...
  •  Turn an unused IDE or SA...
  • Dimensions: Height:3.1" x Width:6.3" x Depth:4.9"
  • Type: others
  • Weight: 5.30 oz
  • Package Contents: USB 3.0 SATA/IDE 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure 1 x USB 3.0 Y Cable 4 x Installation Screws 1 x Screw Driver 1 x Instruction Manual
  • Model #: UNI251BMU33
  • Item #: N82E16817707379
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Vantec Vantec Vantec VANTEC NST-266SU3-BK 2.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 3.0 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s to USB 3.0/eSATA HDD Enclosure
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  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 2TB
  • Material: Aluminum / Plastic
  • Fan: No
  • Specifications: Device Support: 2.5" SATA I/II/III SSD/HDD Device Size: 2.5" form factor with thickness of 9.5mm or less Internal Interface: Standard SATA External Interface: USB 3.0 (compatible with USB 2.0 & 1.1) or eSATA HDD Capacity: Up to 2TB* Material: Aluminum/ Plastic Power: USB Bus powered Dimension: 120 x 77 x 15.5 mm USB Cable Length: 457 mm (18 inches) eSATA Cable Length: 965 mm (38 inches) USB Power Cable Length: 575 mm (22 inches)
  • Type: Enclosure
  • Model #: NST-266SU3-BK
  • Item #: N82E16817392091
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Wavlink Wavlink Wavlink Wavlink 6TB Universal 2.5" 3.5" SATA USB 3.0 5Gb/s HDD/SSD Storage Docking Station, Plug and Play - Black
  (2)
  •  Fit for 2.5" / 3.5" HDD ...
  •  Compatible with SATA I/I...
  •  USB 3.0 output
  • $35.99
  • $15.99 
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Sabrent Sabrent Sabrent SABRENT BK-21OS2 2.5" Black SATA USB 3.0 To 2.5-Inch Sata Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure Black (BK-21OS2)
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  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Aluminum
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Specifications: Supports Standard Notebook 2.5" SATA and SATA II Hard drives. Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps when connected to a USB 3.0 port. Transfer Rates Up to 480 Mbps when connected to a USB 2.0 port. Hot-swappable, plug and play, no drivers needed. Backwards-Compatible with USB 2.0 or 1.1
  • Type: Office Products
  • Model #: BK-21OS2
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

CRU ToughTech m3 2.5" Beige SATA USB 3.0 ToughTech m3 Enclosure
  (2)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Aluminum alloy case with...
  • Material: Aluminum alloy case with ABS end caps
  • Dimensions: 5.20" x 3.07" x 0.71"
  • Specifications: Host (I/O) Ports: (1) USB 3.0: up to 5 Gbps Drive Types Supported: SATA 2.5" drives (up to 9.5mm height) SATA SSD (solid state drives) (up to 9.5mm height) Number of LEDs: 1 Bus power: Yes Write Protection: Yes Kensington Slot: Yes Compliancy: FCC, CE, RoHS, RCM
  • Type: Office Products
  • Model #: ToughTech m3
  • Item #: N82E16817834003
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

STARTECH STARTECH STARTECH StarTech S2510U33RUSM 5.25" Black SATA III USB 3.0 5.25" USM Storage Bay with 2.5" SATA USM / USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure
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  •  UL94 V0 Flammability rat...
  •  Compatible with Seagate ...
  •  Included USM Enclosure w...
  • Material: Aluminum / Plastic
  • Dimensions: 1.6" x 6" x 5.8" (H x L x W)
  • Fan: No
  • Specifications: Type and Rate SATA III (6 Gbps) Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s LED Indicators 1 - HDD Power/Activity (Enclosure)
  • Model #: S2510U33RUSM
  • Item #: N82E16817707326
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

  •  USB 3.0 w/UASP & SATA II...
  •  Plastic
  • Material: Plastic
  • HDD Count Supported: Single HDD
  • Number of Bay: 10
  • Operating Systems Supported: Win XP/Vista/7//8/8.1 (hard drive & SSD); Win XP/Vista/7 (5.25 inches optical drive)
  • Model #: MH-2624-U3V3-K
  • Item #: 9SIA14J1078663
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  • $37.99
  • $19.99 
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STARTECH STARTECH STARTECH StarTech.com USB 3.0 Dual Hard Drive Docking Station with UASP for 2.5/3.5-Inch HDD/SSD SATA 6 Gbps (SDOCK2U33)
  (1)
  •  Support SATA III (6 Gbps...
  •  Independent power button...
  •  Supports 2.5in and 3.5in...
  • Dimensions: Height:2.8" x Width:5.2" x Depth:5.8"
  • Type: Drive Dock
  • Number of Bay: 2
  • Weight: 1.10 lb
  • Model #: SDOCK2U33
  • Item #: N82E16817707360
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Orico Orico Orico ORICO 9528U3 Aluminum Dual Bay 3.5-Inch SATA Hard Drive USB3.0 HDD Enclosure Case, 8TB Support - Black
  (1)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 4TB
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 10.5x6.9x6.1 in
  • Fan: Yes
  • Model #: ORICO 9528U3-BK
  • Item #: 9SIA1DS1ME7503
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $129.99
  • $69.99 
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Hard Drive Enclosures

The purpose of a hard drive enclosure is to give an internal hard drive a housing so that it can be used as an external hard drive. This allows the user to give portability to an internal hard drive, saving time on having to move necessary files to a different drive that might be more portable. Furthermore, hard drive enclosures make it easy to create external hard drive backups of data on the user’s primary hard drive.

Advantages of Hard Drive Enclosures

Hard drive enclosures offer several benefits in a number of different use cases. Primarily, they offer a quick and easy way to add storage to any system, whether it is a desktop, laptop and any sealed embedded system that can recognize the hard drive in the enclosure. Hard drive enclosures are also a convenient way to add storage to a PC that has run out of drive bays. Users can also transfer files between non-networked computers very quickly with a hard drive enclosure simply by taking out the internal hard drive in one system, placing it in the enclosure, and then attaching it to the new system. Finally, a hard drive enclosure allows users to keep important data safe in a detachable location when a virus or other catastrophe strikes the main system.

Top hard drive enclosure manufacturers from around the world have partnered with Newegg, allowing Newegg to offer its customers the widest selection of hard drive enclosures and accessories. Brands include: Orico, Rosewill, STARTECH, ICY DOCK, Vantec, Thermaltake and more! Whether you need to accommodate a 2.5” SSD or a 3.5” mechanical hard drive, Newegg has the enclosure you’re looking for.

Hard drive enclosures are almost completely self-contained units, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in a few extra parts.

Cables: Hard drive enclosures typically connect to a system via USB, whether that system is a desktop PC or a laptop. Most enclosures will come with a connector cable, but in case it doesn’t, you will need to provide one. Make sure you get the proper cable that supports the desired transfer speed. There is a difference between USB 2.0 and 3.0.

Docking Station: Sometimes hard drive enclosures can be cumbersome when you are working with several drives. You can save yourself the hassle of swapping hard drives in and out of a hard drive enclosure by purchasing a docking station. If all you need is to transfer files without having to transfer the drive itself, then a docking station is the fastest solution. These units allow you to swap drives in and out with the press of a button.

When choosing your hard drive enclosure there are a few important factors to consider. The most important one is to ensure that the enclosure can accommodate your hard drive. Just because a hard drive enclosure accommodates a full-size mechanical hard drive does not necessarily mean it will work with a laptop hard drive. Also make sure that the enclosure has the proper connections to interface with your hard drive. Most internal hard drives will use either IDE or SATA.

You will also want to consider how permanent of a solution the hard drive enclosure will be. If you intend to swap drives in and out a lot, then you should consider getting a docking bay instead. If the drive will remain in the enclosure for an extended period, then consider a multi-drive hard drive enclosure so that you can expand your storage later.

Finally, decide if you will need active or passive cooling for your hard drive enclosure. If your enclosure will be located in a room with poor airflow, then a hard drive enclosure with a built-in fan may be necessary. You should also consider this if you plan on reading and writing to these drives constantly. Excessive heat can degrade performance and also damage your data.

What are LaCie Hard Drives?

LaCie is a storage solution manufacturer. Among many of its product offerings are portable storage devices like hard drives and USB keys. While they do not offer standalone hard drive enclosures, LaCie does provide hard drives that are permanently enclosed in a number of housings; some of them are very rugged and durable. Check out Newegg’s selection of LaCie products here.

What is a SATA Hard Drive?

Any hard drive that uses a SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) is a SATA hard drive. SATA replaced the older interface, IDE, in 2009, but some IDE hard drives still exist. SATA offers better performance than IDE and also uses special SATA cables that take less space inside PCs. SATA technology can also be found in some external hard drives and accessories in the form of eSATA, which connects to PCs and laptops via a special eSATA port.

How Do You Create an External Hard Drive Backup?

There are two ways to create an external hard drive backup. The first is to purchase an external hard drive or USB drive. The second is to purchase or use an existing internal hard drive and install it in an external hard drive enclosure. In either case, when you cannot the drive to your PC or Mac, you will be prompted to specify if you want to use the external drive for backups. Simply select the affirmative and follow the on-screen prompts.

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