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Item#: N82E16817153046

Thermaltake EA2005 (Silver River Duo) Aluminum 2.5" Black USB 2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure

  • 2.5"
  • USB 2.0 & eSATA
  • Aluminum
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Learn more about the Thermaltake EA2005 (Silver River Duo)

Model

Brand
Thermaltake
Model
EA2005 (Silver River Duo)

Spec

Color
Black
Size
2.5"
Material
Aluminum
Internal Interface
IDE
External Interface
USB 2.0 & eSATA
Features
Portable 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure for your laptop
Supports all 2.5" ATA Drives
USB 2.0 Transfer Speeds up to 480 Mbps
ESATA Transfer Speeds up to 3.0Gbps
Supports hard drives up to 1000 Gigabytes
Works with Hot Swap
Durable Aluminum shell provides additional protection

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
7.08" x 3.14" x 0.59"

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Jason P.
  • 9/9/2007 8:13:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsdon't drop it!!!

Pros: 1) Looks good,
2) Lights up nice,
3) can accomodate both IDE and SATA drives (plugs either type in one end or the other of the pcb circutboard inside).
4) nice added cables.
5) Well made main exterior (this is a common quality in 2.5" external cases though)

Cons: 1) Can't do IDE-to-eSATA (can anything?), only SATA-to-eSATA.
2) as people have noticed, usuall you need the extra USB plugs to get the drives to run.
3) The tray screws are a bit finicky- a gentle touch is required
4) DO NOT DROP IT IN ANY WAY, ESPECIALLY LIKE ON THE NON-CORD END!!! The board that the HD plugs into attaches to the end of the case with a cheap plastic sort of tiny blub on each side- it's not enough or strong enough to keep it from breaking off if you drop the case while moving your laptop, and it falls even 12" on the non-cable end. See other thoughts...

Other Thoughts: If you drop the enclosure with a HD in it, most of the time the inner PCB with just the weight of the HD will separate from the ends of the HD enclosure, making plugging cables INTO THE CASE IN ANY WAY nearly impossible without epoxying the ends to the PCB- what I had to do here ina 3rd world country.

There's 3 solutions to this problem...
1) don't EVER drop it (right) or even BANG it, off OR on.
2) pack something in the deep end of the case to keep that HD from ever having the ability to drop inside the case if the case is dropped....

Or

3) keep some epoxy always handy.

*grin*

Other than the above, it is a VERY nice case, and for the convenience of having BOTH sata drives and IDE accessible, it's hard to beat. there ARE better MADE cases but few offer both SATA and IDE via USB in 2.5" format (does ANYONE else offer this?)

-PEace.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/29/2007 7:20:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Seems sturdy and looks nice.

Cons: Does not do IDE-->eSATA. This would be a nice feature. It was not clear that this feature wasn't included.

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  • jacob g.
  • 6/23/2007 7:30:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsnot a good enclosure

Pros: cheap, small, lightweight, and it functions

Cons: Very poorly made. The screws go into plastic (female) rather than metal. The enclosure doesn't fit together neatly. The screw holes on the drive 'sled' didn't align with my seagate drive, which is a bad sign.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/22/2007 5:24:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsA Terrible Little Enclosure

Pros: Thermaltake is a great company, so don't let this hard drive enclosure let you think bad of the company. The Pro's are the sive of the enclosure and the nice simple look.

Cons: This enclosure has many cons. The greatest con is that you need 3 USB plugs to make it work. 1 USB cable transfers data, while a provided Y-USB cable provides power. An other downside is that those of you that have never installed a hard drive in an enclosure before, will not like the provided instructions. A case is also provided with the hard drive, is seems like Thermaltake was looking to save money big time. It really looks like a case one can but at a 99cent store.

Other Thoughts: The look of the enclosure is amazing, it looks nice and feels great. The build quality of it is extraordinary, and seems like a strong case. The concept of how it works, using 3 USB connections, the instructions and the case are the down sides. Do your self a favor and simply buy the V*ntec NexSt*r 3 enclosure. The Thermaltake enclosure is truly a disgrace to the company.

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  • Steven W.
  • 5/13/2007 8:29:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJust say no

Pros: Inexpensive, small size, runs esata with power supplied from two usb's instead of wall wart.

Cons: After connecting, it works for about 30 mins, then the "Delayed Write Failed" messages come rolling in, hanging the machine. Not a solid drive enclosure. My other cheap enclosures (usb 2.0 only) doesn't do this.

Other Thoughts: Not sure what the problem is, but might have to do with the chipset of this enclosure.

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  • Joshua B.
  • 4/24/2007 5:33:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Enclosure

Pros: Another great product from thermaltake, The enclosure works as described, the hard drive was easy to install.

Cons: The case that was provided was less than impressive, although i use my hard drive too much to use the case. I had to add a strip of tape on the sides of the hard drive to keep it from moving when i pick it up.

Other Thoughts: The screws provided that attach the drive to the board itself fit, they are a little tight, but its good to have that drive tightly secured than to have it vibrating around.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/19/2007 8:54:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Let's me take advantage of my old laptop drive.

Cons: Needs 3 USB ports unless you buy an AC adaptor for it. The hubs can not be unpowered. I had to buy a powered hub just to use the enclosure, it was drawing too much power from my onboard USBs and giving me errors.

Other Thoughts: I really like the 3.5inch version of this enclosure.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/26/2007 5:50:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat value for the price.

Pros: Solid metal case feels tough. I've owned cheaper plastic models that feel like they would shatter if they fell more than 6 inches. Installation is a breeze on Windows XP, and all cables/driver disk/manual/etc. are included, as well as a protective case. I've only used the USB as I dont have a 2.5" SATA drive to try, but it's been plenty fast.

Cons: Only one big one here. The screws that they supply to secure the hard drive don't fit in the mounting holes. How they could have overlooked this is beyond me. A few seconds on each hole with a small round metal file fixed the problem, but c'mon this is an obvious oversight. Other than that, I would suggest a different carrying case. The one they include feels like the case you get with a $5 pair of sunglasses.

Other Thoughts: As I have come to expect from Thermaltake, their manuals are horribly translated to english, but get the job done. One thing to note about eSATA enclosures. If you install a PATA drive you must use the USB connection. SATA drives will allow you to use both USB and eSATA.

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