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Zalman ZM-VE200 SE Aluminum, Acryl, Poly Carbonate 2.5" Silver SATA USB 2.0 & eSATA VE200 Protable HDD Enclosure with Virtual Drive

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  • 2.5"
  • USB 2.0 & eSATA
  • Aluminum, Acryl, Poly Carbonate

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Peter S.
  • 1/1/2015 11:15:18 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMust-have

Pros: For anyone who does computer work on a regular basis, this drive is a must-have. Even with a slow hard drive on USB 2.0, this has proven to have much greater performance than any high-speed DVD drive. If you need more speed, the eSATA is very nice. I personally own a cable that is SATA on one end and eSATA on the other, making this enclosure far more portable.

What I also really like is the dual-mode feature, which allows you to run the virtual ISO and read the contents of the rest of the hard drive at the same time. This is extremely handy, because if I boot something like Kaspersky Rescue Disc, I can save time by copying over the database files to the hard drive I intend to scan. Another use of dual-mode is being able to boot a disk image that involves an MBR. In other words, you can install an OS to this drive and also boot ISO images and pick either one from your computer's boot menu.

Aside from the enclosure being well-built and sleek, the case it comes with is very nice. It's a great way to protect the drive in case it were to be dropped and makes it easy to store any loose papers along with the drive, such as serial keys.

Cons: Unfortunately, this drive doesn't appear to have a separate power jack and it didn't come with a USB Y-cable in case USB power is insufficient. On some computers with weak USB ports, the hard drive itself will not spin up; you'll be required to use an external power source and eSATA.

Another problem is I have a couple disk images that don't boot properly from this drive. However, I created these disk images by ripping the disc they originated from using the dd command in linux. This worked fine for most of my discs, but not all of them. I did this to save time, but I guess I'll have to re-download them.

Other Thoughts: I considered getting the USB 3.0 model of this drive, but I decided against it for the following reasons:
1. No separate power source and no eSATA support - this is a problem because if your computer can't power up the drive, you have no way of using it.
2. I heard the USB jack on it breaks easily. Considering this is something you want to bring around with you frequently, this is a problem.
3. For me personally, I'm using a 5400RPM hard drive with I think a 2MB cache. This is hardly a high-performing drive, and it couldn't take advantage of USB 3.0. As stated before, my experience with USB 2.0 is already faster than optical drives. If I really want the extra speed, I'll use eSATA; problem solved.
HOWEVER: If you use an SSD, I would highly recommend the USB 3.0 model. That way, you will be able to take full advantage of bandwidth, and, there should always be sufficient power for the device on any PC.

For those of you who aren't aware, you can download alternative firmwares for this drive on the Zalman website, allowing you to use exFAT or FAT32. This is handy if you intend to boot the hard drive with an MBR or are using an OS that isn't NTFS compatible.

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  • Fiona R.
  • 6/16/2014 3:57:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsi wish it was more durable

Pros: The device is amazing. So much easier storing my ISOs all in one place and being able to select one to boot from. Invaluable!

Cons: I bought the Zalman in April 2014. Had to have it replaced by warranty because it stopped responding. The manufacturer was very easy to work with and sent out a replacement in no time. However, it's now June 2014 and the replacement I received in May 2014 has already broke. The mini USB port has fallen off.

Other Thoughts: It's a wonderful tool that I wish was less delicate. I'm a PC technician who travels every week traveling to different cities repairing our equipment. Being able to reduce the amount of tools I need to travel with saves time and money. I've wasted too much time with 2 of these in under 6 months.

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  • 4/11/2014 7:21:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Handy

Pros: -Can boot from ISOs
-LCD interface is easy to use with the scroll wheel
-LCD screen is backlit
-Fits 1TB HGST 2.5" HDD

Cons: -Only supports up to 32 ISOs in the _ISO directory. This is a pretty big limitation.

Other Thoughts: As a PC technician, I've already used this handy enclosure numerous times. I had previously purchased the USB3.0 version, but the LCD interface wasn't responsive and the scroll wheel would get stuck, but this one works great. I've used it on Windows XP, WIndows 7, and Windows 8 in HDD mode without having to install any drivers. I really wish I could use more than 32 ISOs in the _ISO folder

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  • 4/7/2014 3:25:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt can boot ISOs! ... sometimes.

Pros: Solid, sturdy design, uses Mini USB (way more durable than Micro USB), fast (provided drive you put in is fast), and virtual drive is amazing. It's also stylish and comes with protective case.

Cons: Mounting screws are tiny and easy to loose. Limited to USB 2 speeds, unless you have eSATA, browsing files is a pain if you have a large directory of ISOs, and the included USB cable is too short. My biggest gripe is that virtual drive (ISO mounting) is NOT bootable on all computers. On some computers it works like a charm, others won't boot from it at all, despite support for USB CD booting. No matter how much fiddling I do with the BIOS, I can't figure out the issue. I'm assuming it's a bug of sorts. So far, I've had this issue with two computers, so it's not huge, but I'm worried that number will climb.

Other Thoughts: I got this for booting Linux ISOs, since I was tired of fiddling with multiple USB flash drives (and the occasional floppy) and trying to remember which distro I had on which. I threw in my trusty 64GB Crucial M4, flashed latest NTFS firmware, and transferred my ISO's to the "_ISO" directory I created, and it works like a charm. This solves my problem (mostly; see cons) and now I have a bunch of extra USB flash drives I don't know what to do with. I really like this enclosure, but if it was slightly cheaper, and if I could figure out that occasional booting issue, this would be a perfect 5/5, but as it is, it's still pretty good and invaluable if you live boot a lot, or want to replace your USB/CD collection.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/23/2014 9:33:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFollow up review.

Pros: This is a follow up. Hands down best exturnal enclosure that I have ever bought.

Mounts ISO files.
Has wright protection.
Extremely easy to use.
Has eSata.

Cons: No major cons at this time.

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  • 1/13/2014 8:24:24 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat enclosure for any IT!

Pros: USB 2.0 (better compatibility)
eSATA (great for transferring your ISO images)
Virtual Blu-Ray drive to mount ISO images
Write protect switch (a must for infected machines)
Case is build will enough and is easy to install HDD

Cons: None so far for functionality.

Other Thoughts: I go this to replace my OS disk suit a long with some other IT tools. So far, I have installed Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 all from the virtual drive without any problems. Mounting the ISOs is very simple. The eSATA is what I used to transfer my ISO images to the drive. Speeds were great reaching 105mbs. I haven't ran into a machine yet that wouldn't boot from the virtual drive. Will have to do a followup later down the road.

I would recommend this to any body who does a little, or a lot, of IT.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/9/2013 8:45:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGeek's most useful device

Pros: Real CD emulation, esata, usb

Cons: Not so fast even via eSata, HDD connects to the main board only using sata connector, no scrrews, etc. Because of vibration the disk could slide out of main board and disconnect.

Other Thoughts: For techs who carry a lot of ISO or CD to boot/install from - this is the best device on the market. Successfully installed almost all Windows versions, Linux, Mac OS. Highly recommend.

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  • Wesley T.
  • 3/11/2013 12:01:18 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsGood-bye Optical Discs!

Pros: Great concept.

Super fast install times, even over USB 2.0

Write Blocker. Another reason I made the purchase, no worries about picking up someone's virus while mounting a series of utilities I made an ISO of. (Go PowerISO)

Plays nice with Linux, BSD, Windows & OS X

Cons: Only 32 files (.iso's) and folders supported. HUGE Drawback. Zalman... please fix this limitation! It is why I am knocking two stars off the review. I have well over 300GB of ISO files that I wanted to use on my 320GB HDD. In fact, the only thing I use this device for is ISO transportation and installation. I may have to create another folder with some less used ISO's and move the ISO's between the _ISO folder and the unused ISO folder.

Works great with most devices. Occasionally I have a BIOS that does not want to play nice. (no stars deducted for this)

Other Thoughts: Most have a folder named _ISO for this to work correctly. I had performed a basic format and used NTFS for compatibility, after upgrading the firmware from zalman.

I did not see any immediate problems meriting a firmware upgrade, but had seen reviews where others had issues I did not want to run into, so I just upgraded to avoid.

I had recently purchased a 64GB USB Drive, and wanted to have several operating systems on the drive vs using UNETBootin or thw Windows DVD Backup tool every single time I wanted to install an OS that I had an .iso for. I stumbled across this device and had to have it.

I have just about everyone at work drooling over this like they did when the new MBP retina devices dropped. (Go Zalman!)

It would be nice if there was some etched in labeling for jog wheel power on selection...
Up=Optical Mode
Down= HDD Mode
In= Dual Mode / Hybrid
(Just a suggestion, I have no problem, but the moment one of my engineers borrows it, I can count on a phone call or text inquiring to what does up, down & in on the jog wheel mean when attempting to use it.

Create an ISO using PowerISO with any files you want. Not for booting, but I have an Applications ISO with a variety of commonly used applications, utilities with a wealth of great tools I also commonly use.

With use on a Windows Operating System, I have found that failing to "Safely Remove Hardware" can cause it to stop functioning until a "fix or continue using" prompt renders device useless until scan is performed.

I purchased the USB 2.0 Version vs the 3.0 as most devices do not have 3.0 that I end up dealing with, and I knew the Hard Disk Drive would max out way below 2.0 Speeds anyways. I also noticed a few people having issues with the 3.0 version, so opted for a known working version.

I really hope the manufacture allows me to have more than 32 iso files with a firmware update. I have spindles and spindles of OS Discs that I would LOVE to start using for beer coasters!
Let me give you 5 stars! FIX THIS LIMITATION!!

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  • Jagadish C.
  • 4/16/2012 12:30:11 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I replaced my old laptop's (DELL D820) HDD with a new OCZ SSD. Now, I am using the enclosure with HDD inside as a portable drive for backup and storage. This is enclosure works great. It is nice, sleek and easy to carry around in computer bag.

Cons: None

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  • Ryan A.
  • 2/18/2012 9:08:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat concept, but not enough power

Pros: This is a great concept. I hate having to burn a CD for something I may only install once or twice such as an OS. Now I can throw the ISO on there and boot off it!

Cons: USB alone is not enough power for most drives. There is no easy way to hook up an external power supply. I ended up using a sata extension cable so I can connect it to the circuit board and have the HDD's power plug accessible, then I rigged a computer power supply. It's very crude but it works till I setup something more permanent.

Other Thoughts: With USB power alone, it may work, but the drive will often drop out, or not even spin up. If you tap the drive it may spin up. Was looking at SSD amperages to see if maybe this is only for SSDs, but the drive I have is actually lower amperage than most SSDs. So it's not like I have a power hungry drive or anything. The drive is also not faulty as it works fine with an external psu.

I had contacted support about this (did not know it was power related at the time) and they provided me firmware but it would not let me load it, I never heard from them again when I told them it did not load. But now that I finally got around to testing power, I see it's not a firmware issue, it's a power issue.

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