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Item#: N82E16817182145

Rosewill RX234 Aluminum & plastic 2.5" IDE to USB 2.0 External Enclosure

  • 2.5"
  • USB 2.0
  • Up to 320GB
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Learn more about the Rosewill RX234

Model

Brand
Rosewill
Model
RX234

Spec

Size
2.5"
AC Adapter
No
Material
Aluminum / Plastic
Internal Interface
IDE
External Interface
USB 2.0
Maximum Capacity (per Bay)
Up to 320GB
Fan
No
Features
Compatible with 2.5" IDE HDD

Compatible with USB 2.0 and backward compatible with USB 1.1

USB powered device, no external power supply needed

Auxiliary USB port for high HDD power consumption

Elegance and slim, up-to-day ID design, portable and easy to go

Fully aluminium for excellent EMI control

Supports Transfer Rates Up To 480 Mbps with USB 2.0

Compatibility

Operating Systems Supported
WinXP/Vista/Win7 ,and MAC OS 10.x and Above,and Linux2.6.x or Above

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
5.24" x 2.87" x 0.63"

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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  • Charles H.
  • 7/11/2014 3:26:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding value

Pros: Size is simply as big as it needs to be to hold the drive securely. Weight is good, heavy cast aluminum construction, with plastic end caps. Undermentioned in the text is that there is a socket for providing external 5VDC power using a (not included) power supply, so both USB plugs may not be necessary. Everything you need is provided, including spare screws, screwdriver and a soft carry case. Do note: This is an IDE enclosure, not SATA!

Cons: Not necessarily a con. The screws that hold the end caps to the enclosure are *tiny*! Use a toothpick tip to apply the tiniest drop of nail polish to the screw threads to ensure they don't work loose during normal handling. Use care starting the screws into the threads, and do NOT apply excessive force. It is not needed to hold the caps in place and the threads will strip if you try to tighten the screws down. None of mine stripped and I still have two spares, if I need them.

Other Thoughts: Just what I needed, with nice accessory package. It is a high quality bargain in its price point class.

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  • Ronnie C.
  • 3/25/2014 7:02:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: Works flawlessly. Typical USB 2.0 transfer rates.
Nice sturdy build.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Would buy more of these if I had more old IDE drives for extra storage uses.

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  • Mark V.
  • 3/9/2014 3:19:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs2 days, so far so great

Pros: -Solid build, feels durable
-Nice USB cable
-Port to connect external power if necessary
-Sleek
-Cheap
-Runs Ubuntu on my laptop using only one USB port for data AND power.
-First seemingly quality and cheap device I've seen from Rosewill

Cons: None so far(I think- look in bottom of "Other toughts").

I shouldn't speak too soon, it is a Rosewill, but thus far, they have exceeded my expectations with this.

Other Thoughts: I'm using this to re-purpose an old laptop HDD I had a few years back, I didn't want to toss a perfectly good HDD just because it was an IDE. I already have a HDD and SSD in my two hard drive bays in my laptop with a Windows 7 and Windows 8 install, but I wanted to be able to use Ubuntu as well, so this was perfect. I can even plug it into other computers and use this OS install on all my computers (I hope).

My only concern is there was on instance where my laptop unexpectedly shut down while using this drive in Ubuntu. I'm not sure if it was the HDD itself, the enclosure, or Ubuntu just crashing because I tweaked it a bit. But it was only one instance so far, and I can't definitively say it was the enclosure that cause it.

For $12, you can't go wrong with this.

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  • Orlando A.
  • 2/12/2014 8:47:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRosewill external enclosure

Pros: Worked as advertised. Easy to install.

Cons: None

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  • Craig G.
  • 1/28/2014 4:48:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks as needed

Pros: -Made an old 250gb IDE drive into an external drive.
-Easy disassemble, so no need for directions.

Cons: -Transfers were a little slow compared to other 2.0 IDE enclosures I've had in the past.
-Easy to lose all the small parts; I wish it was tool-less.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/31/2013 7:59:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointing

Pros: While it worked it was fast for an IDE/USB 2.0 enclosure. It's an attractive matte black as opposed to some other brands.

Cons: I purchased this in the hopes of breathing new life into an old laptop HDD, which it did for about 2 weeks. At that point it started glitching when I attempted to watch video directly off of the drive. Given that the drive is old I assumed that the drive was going bad (though the SMART test I'd ran on that drive said otherwise) so I figured I'd use it until it stopped working. I continued to use the drive for another week as a transport disk, though instead of playing directly from the drive I moved things from external drive to an internal one. At the end of the one week mark of using it this way the read/write speeds went downhill and the drive started failing to mount. Finally, it just stopped in the middle of a transfer and refused to dismount cleanly. After that I couldn't get it to mount anywhere while inside the Rosewill case. At that point I pulled the HDD from the case and tested it on a shim. Not only did it mount that way, but another SMART test came back clean. At that point it was quite clear where the issue was coming from. I therefore purchased a different external enclosure, which works fine.

Other Thoughts: This is my second failure of a piece of Rosewill tech and probably my last purchase of this name. I'd return it but at ten dollars it's not worth the trouble for me to return it and hope that the next one works.

It's worth noting that the Rosewill cables I own (I have about 6 in use right now) have been fine - some of them for many years.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers.

Thanks for the feedback we will pass it along to our QA and Design teams.

Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com
Email2: techsupport@rosewill.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Nicholas P.
  • 11/27/2013 6:33:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for computer repair.

Pros: Perfect for my business. Great for the older hard drives that people want old data off of.

Cons: None.

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  • Christopher W.
  • 10/25/2013 3:35:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: Everything!

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: The instruction manual says you need to format the drive, but if the drive is already formatted (i.e. taken from an old computer) then there is no need to format the drive. No need to lose your data. Just put the drive in the case and plug it in and then you can recover old data. What a great product!

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  • William A.
  • 10/23/2013 4:44:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Sturdy

Cons: Screws don't hold very well

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  • Amanda O.
  • 8/14/2013 7:09:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice

Pros: These metal cases have a wonderful finish and very solid construction. While the directions were informative they weren't needed. I installed my old laptop drive into the without any issues, and using the included screwdriver sealed the case.

I did derp for a moment by not plugging in the two usb cable connections (the drive needs them both plugged in to work). Once I plugged them both in all of the old files from my long dead laptop were accessible.

Cons: I found no problems with either of the two I ordered.

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