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SABRENT ECS-STU35K Aluminum 3.5" Supports Standard 3.5" Serial ATA or IDE Hard Drives USB 2.0 Black External Enclosure - OEM

  • 3.5"
  • USB 2.0
  • Up to 3TB
  • Aluminum

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  • R V.
  • 3/28/2016 6:30:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsre: Drive Enclosure

Pros: Needed it quickly, it showed up quickly. Put it to work right away with no problems. Found it nice that the side panels can be pulled out -- helps with cooling and access to connections.

Cons: Can't say anything bad abut it.

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  • Michael L.
  • 12/2/2014 2:07:11 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsForget it for +1TB drives

Pros: Cheap. Well made enclosure removes heat exceptionally well without fans

Cons: Useless for 2TB drives and beyond. Above 2tb requires you to format the drive inside the enclosure. a 2TB drive with an existing NTFS partition using a conventional partition table will not register correctly once inside the enclosure. Attempted to contact technical support, which responded with useless regurgitated checklists instead of a firmware update or anything to indicate they understood the prolbem.

Also, the IDE cable is soldered right on which means you have to roll it up or fold it up to install a SATA drive, which stresses the PCB needlessly.

Other Thoughts: These seem fine if your not informed enough to understand what will happen if your enclosure dies while your data is on it. While a true USB-SATA adapter will
be seamless and your data will be safe if the enclosure/adaptor dies, there is no way, other then keeping a spare enclosure around, to get your data off of it (even if you do, firmware revisions must match)

REAL ENCLOSURES ARE NOT MADE THIS WAY! despite what its advertised as, large drives cannot simply be placed in and work, they must be formatted. If you have one of these and have a large drive in it i suggest you get your data off of them. The likelihood of the enclosure dying before the hard drive itself dying is quite high.

For referance, I tried this out with a previously formatted 2TB seagate baracuda that was 75% full and was checked while internally connected (CHKDSK and scandisk under XP and 7) Passed without an incident. Once installed in the enclosure, the system registered a partition, but said it was corrupt. Took the drive out and connected it internally as before, no issue. Tried it with smaller drives and it worked fine.

Sadly, my old masscool enclosure (i bought this as a spare) is no longer available in useable form.

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1 out of 5 eggsAVOID SABRENT

Pros: None.

Cons: It did not work at all. Contacted Sabrent support, tried a few things like different USB port, finally they told me to send to them--at my expense. (Purchased fr Tiger Direct,not New Egg.) Waited 3 weeks and they returned the same piece of junk.

The box shows a cradle. Inside, half a cradle. When they returned it to me--same half cradle.

Other Thoughts: I will always avoid anything from Sabrent.

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  • George S.
  • 8/22/2014 5:39:55 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNew Model, No Sata Cables: Socket Instead

Pros: Now all I need to is set the hard drive blades gently into the socket, flip it over in your hand to insert one or more screws (especially if the drive is thinner than a WDC Caviar), close it up, and it's ready to go. a modicum of heavy padding under the top can also hold the thin drive under the top (about 1 inch square of padding) see Other Comments)

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Remember first to Tighten all screws except three on top. Then remove these three screws from top and pivot the top around on the forth to reveal the interior Five Eggs, on the new one! YIPPY DO!

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  • George S.
  • 8/16/2014 7:39:17 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI Just Ordered My Eighth One

Pros: Hot exterior means cool interior. The tightness helps with this, too, by limiting insulating air space. (Beware of any HDD enclosure that feels cool, or even comfortable! That one keeps the HDD hot. . . . Been there, done that.). I blow away the heat from these with a low powered fan, even USB powered (!).

I find the design delightful, in a techie sort of way, and I delight in the fact that they can stand alone vertically, without added feet. This aids greatly with cooling and space.

Cons: The construction is a bit tricky. It is good not to remove more than three screws,and on the top side only, to open. I then swivel the cover around the last screw to reveal the interior. I find that so doing, everything else stays where it should.

The sata cable is sometimes a problem:

If it is loose, I invert the HDD to realign the pressure from the cable end on the connecting blade of the HDD. Then, instead of screws, I use firm padding on about a 1 inch square not on the HDD's board. Closing the cover causes the HDD to rest firmly inside the case.

If The sata cable is broken, I connect a regular one to the HDD and run it out under the cover of the case. (maybe leaving off one screw for the thickness). If the new cable is too short, I get an adapter for sata to esata. If the far end is also esata type, I plug it into an outside port of the mobo or of a card. If it is internal sata type, I plug it directly into the mobo, or into an internal port on a card.

Other Thoughts: I like the other features so much that I tolerate the sata problems. and their work- arounds, with good humor. Still, I give it only four eggs

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  • John G.
  • 12/16/2012 10:06:01 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Good external hdd enclosure

Pros: >All metal construction
>Accomodates SATA(I, II & III) & IDE drives of any capacity
>USB2 and eSATA output connections to computer
>External in-line power supply - not a wall wart supply
>Bi-Color LED indicates read/write activity
>NO fan to create noise and fail - lots of ventilation holes
>Supplied with rubber feet and small screwdriver
>Stackable to save space - a real plus

Cons: I now own SIX of these enclosures purchased over the past year and a half or so. All work flawlessly - zero problems. The reviewers calling it cheap or poorly made probably did not own Erector sets as children. You do have to have some dexterity and a small amount of patience to get the drive in and the enclosure assembled. Once everything is TIGHT these units are SOLID and dependable. A great deal for the price. They just work!

Other Thoughts: See Cons above. I hope they keep making these enclosures for a long time to come. I will continue to purchase them. A great value and a very good enclosure. I wish everything worked as well as these enclosures.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/1/2012 10:39:00 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: IDE and SATA. eSATA connection (when using a SATA drive..) Easy to open up, and swap drives if needed. Price.. Bang for the buck value here is good. No screw driver is really needed to open the case up

Cons: The materials are kind of cheap.. Sides kept falling off while installing hard drive. Its a lot larger than other 3.5" shells that I have. eSATA only works with a SATA HD

Other Thoughts: Will work great for what I intended to use it for.. Not everyday use, but to back up Hard disks when working on others computers, so the dual format is a nice add on

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  • Gift R.
  • 3/12/2012 10:07:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: Clean, easy to work in.

Cons: A bit rough on the fit and finish but sturdy.

Other Thoughts: I'm not using this for the intended purpose.

I have a small digital amp installed in it.

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  • Dave H.
  • 3/2/2012 7:17:10 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA little eSata gotcha

Pros: Works as advertised

Cons: Nowhere that I found was it mentioned (as it is in the user instructions) that the eSATA connection only works on SATA drives. PATA drives will only work on the USB connection. This would have been nice to know ahead of time.

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  • Rick D.
  • 10/3/2011 5:24:53 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAs advertised - solid operation

Pros: I have a couple of these. They have worked hard, and solidly, for me. Yeah, one could complain about the case if they want, but I find the metal construction 'friendly' and rugged - so I have no complaints there. Good all around value in my book.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Cannot really call this a con since no one provides these (that I have seen yet)... I own a number of different kinds of enclosures (collecting over the years) and swap drives often, whether at the bench or working onsite... I wish the manufacturers would add restraint tabs/loops/whatever... for removing the connectors from the drives easily to alleviate concern over constant handling of the ribbon. Not as much an issue on the sata conn, but always need to be mindful with ide connectors.

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