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Item#: 9SIA1F80F73607

Ipro Drive 3.5" USB 2.0 External SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

  • 3.5"
  • USB 2.0
  • Up to 2TB
  • Plastic
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The iPro Drive is a SATA to USB 2.0 enclosure for 3.5" hard drives. Install your own hard drive (up to 2TB) and you are good to go! Whether you store music, movies, games, etc., this enclosure can store it all. Share your photos, videos and other data with your friends by simply plugging it into their computer. USB 2.0 provides hot swapping and plug and play functions, high-speed data transfers and compatibility with almost any system (MAC or Windows).

White box includes enclosure, USB 2.0 data cable, stand, screws to secure your hard drive and an external power supply.


Learn more about the Mapower iProDrive

Model

Model
iProDrive

Spec

Color
Black
Size
3.5"
AC Adapter
Yes
Material
Plastic
Internal Interface
SATA
External Interface
USB 2.0
Fan
No
Features
Supports up to 2TB, Plug & Play compatibility for easy and quick installations,

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
7.5 x 4.5 x 1.2 inches
Weight
0.7 Pounds

Packaging

Package Contents
Enclosure, Data Cable, External Power Adapter, Installation Guide/Hardware

Quick Info


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  • Brenton W.
  • 2/4/2014 2:33:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Item

Pros: Great item, plug in the outlet and computer and it starts right up. Has a very high speed download time.

Cons: The cover has a tight time staying together with the little screw.

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  • Ken N.
  • 10/29/2013 7:02:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Enclosure

Pros: Very easy to Install and remove the hard drive. Sturdy,

Cons: The DC Converter is a little large and heavy and tends to torque in the outlet but this is not worth loosing a star over since it doesn't interfere with its operation.

Other Thoughts: In all fairness I am using this enclosure a little differently than the average user would. In digitizing and editing all of our family 8mm film (from 1946 to 1985) and all of our video tapes from 1985 to the present requires 18 HDDs (about 2T each) along with their backup drives (yes I have 2 sets of backups one I keep in the house and one off of the premises). To do this project I am constantly swapping HDDs in and out of my computer. To facilitate this massive task, I have several enclosures but what I do differently is that I do not use the enclosure "normally" but strip it down keeping only the board and connectors for easy connect/disconnect. This is a long explanation for coming to the point that this unit is really excellent since without the cover, I can keep the unit as-is since as the HDDs slide into the connector without the need to physically attach the SATA power and data connectors. This is VERY convenient as swapping drives literally take seconds to be up and running again. Of course when swapping drives make sure you ALWAYS dismount the drive before you remove it, I also always turn off the power and do not do "hot-swaps" ... but that's just me. But with reference to this drive, I have found it so useful and convenient at an unbeatable price that I have just ordered a second enclosure.

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  • Scott M.
  • 10/11/2013 9:41:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks for a cheap enclosure

Pros: The plastic is cheap and it is a little hard to put together as everything is so tight. Works just fine.

Cons: None

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  • Cordell S.
  • 8/5/2013 12:52:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

Pros: I absolutely love my HD case. It took a while to figure out how to put it together, but it works nicely and looks good. Whenever your computer stops transferring data for a while, the hard drive gets automatically spun down. I think that is so awesome.

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: When putting it together, take your time, and figure out how it goes. The hard drive is held in by 4 screws. The cover is held in place by several plastic tabs and a screw. It takes a little while to get the plastic clips to snap together, but after they are in place, it looks awesome. Also, on the bottom, you can stick on rubber corners to reduce vibration and noise (they are included).

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  • Daniel H.
  • 7/8/2013 10:08:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: Cheap, worked perfectly with old SATA 3.5" drive, connected w/ no problems to Win7.
I'm not sure the case ever snapped together correctly, but there were screws to hold the drive, and it was more than secure enough.

I have other external enclosures with fans and better cooling and indicator lights, but didn't need these for current application, so 5 eggs because this drive was cheap and did exactly what I wanted, no frills.

Cons: Drive got hot when transferring 300GB of data. Transfer took overnight.
I pointed a fan on low over the box, and it was almost room temp for the rest of the transfer=no problems.
No drive light, or the blue one inside the box was not useful for indicating drive activity.

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  • Neil K.
  • 7/7/2013 3:00:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works great, low price

Cons: Took a bit to get it to snap together properly.

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  • Jeffrey F.
  • 7/3/2013 6:48:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks fine, but cheap engineering.

Pros: tl;dr Pros:

Price is right!
Does what it should.
"Standard" size/polarity power plug. (This is important! See below.)
Works great with my Seagate 1.5TB drive.
USB cable supplied (Was a "Pro" since I have millions of USB-to-Micro/Mini, but almost no USB-to-"B" connector anymore.)

Expanded "Pros":

It does exactly what it's supposed to do and is claimed to do, which unfortunately does count as a "Pro" these days.


I listed the fact that it has a "standard" (fairly standard, anyway) 12v power plug in terms of size/polarity as a "Pro" and here is why: If, like me, you plan to use this on more than one PC or media device, you do NOT need to keep moving the plug with it. Like me, you probably have a drawer full of 12v 2amp transformers you've collected over the years. So, you can leave one plugged in next to your PC, and another next to your TV/Media device - and a USB cable also of course - and just move the drive itself back and forth as needed.

Just make sure the transformer you do hook it up to is also 2A (might get away with a little less, one I use is only 1.8A) and the "usual" polarity (inner sleeve positive +, outer jacket negative -).


Best feature which I hear some of these external enclosures do not have, is that it does indeed detect if it's connected to a "Live" USB port and only powers up when it is.

That means you can leave it plugged into your PC (or TV, Blu-ray player, media streamer, whatever) at all times and it will only "turn on" (spin up/light up) when it detects that device is also "powered on."

Note, though, that I don't know how it would react to USB ports that some PC's have that seem like they stay "semi-awake." The motherboard on my son's PC is like that, even when the machine is off (not asleep, but "shut down") the mouse lights stay lit. Never did plug this into that PC to see if that would matter. I ASSUME it would be 'smart' enough to ignore that and only 'wake up' on an actual USB signal, but don't actually know.


I primarily use it on my "main rig" (gaming/media PC) and Sony Blu-Ray player, move it back and forth as both a 'backup' of the media folder on the PC and to supply that media to the Blu-Ray.


Anyway that, and the price, are the two reasons I picked this item, even given the reviews about it's shoddy design. (See "Cons")

Cons: tl;dr Cons:

Cheap, outright shoddy construction materials.
Poor design overall.


Expanded Cons:

As many have noted - it's just a very cheap plastic shell. It "snaps" together with plastic tab-and-groove type connectors, and yes, it WILL break at least one (or more) when you try to open it again - so try to "set it and forget it" and be sure what drive you are going to use it with and any jumpers/etc. are set right on that drive before you snap it together.

You CAN open it again, but it's highly likely - as others have noted, and happened to me also - some of those plastic tabs will snap so it won't close up as tightly again the 2nd time.

Also, if this kind of thing matters to you, make very sure as you are about to snap it shut that the LED is properly lined up/showing through the hole in the top, because it's just soldered to the board with long leads, and easily bent/moved. I'm a little stupid "anl-retentive" with stuff like that and believe it or not that was important enough for me to re-open it when I realized I had put it together with the LED pushed off to the side and not visble, even though I knew full well from these reviews it might break.

It did - one of the 4 tabs snapped completely off - but I did get that dang LED lined up right! :)

(Why, I have no idea, as the LED is top-mounted on the rear top of the enclosure, so when it sits flat on the top of my Blu-Ray player where it usually does, you can't see it anyway!)

Aside from that, though - it's fine. As long as you don't plan to use this as a fairly temporary device and be swapping the drive inside in and out often, you'll be fine with this. There are much better solutions for that type of use anyway (such as the vertical plug-in hot-swap desktop bases, etc.)

Other Thoughts: I'm perfectly happy with this unit, I knew exactly what I was getting in terms of it's cheapness of build, and really don't care about that. Technologically it's fine, and no faster/slower than any other USB 2.0 to SATA adapter I've used. (And I've used many!)

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  • Chris S.
  • 6/3/2013 7:51:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsJust Good Enough

Pros: Inexpensive.
Good enough to house a salvaged internal drive.

Cons: Does not assemble easily.
Not durable enough for moderately rough treatment.

Other Thoughts: I was shopping for a cheap enclosure to house the drive removed from a dead iMac. This unit is good enough for that. It was quite difficult getting the two parts of the case together. Nothing snapped together right.

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  • Joshua T.
  • 2/9/2013 10:24:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPoor construction

Pros: Data transfer seems fine.

Cons: Poor design, enclosure does not fit together properly along the sides where the top and bottom come together. Too tight and the sides do not snap into place.

Other Thoughts: Glad it was cheap otherwise I would be more upset about the poor design.

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  • Jerry B.
  • 2/5/2013 5:53:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDoes what it's supposed to

Pros: Does exactly what it's supposed to - encloses the hard drive, connects via USB, and turns on and off automatically.

Cons: I get the feeling it's a "one time use" item; the case was VERY hard to get snapped together correctly and feels as if it will disintegrate if I ever try to take it apart.

Other Thoughts: For the price I paid, I am 100% satisfied, even if it DOES break into a million pieces when I try to swap the drive. :-)

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