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Zalman ZM-VE300-SE Aluminum Alloy, Acryl, Poly Carbonate 2.5" White SATA I/II USB 3.0 ZM-VE300 HDD External Enclosure with Virtualization and One Touch Back-up

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  • 2.5"
  • USB 3.0
  • Aluminum Alloy, Acryl, Poly Carbonate

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Zalman ZM-VE300-SE 2.5” USB 3.0 External HDD Case


USB 3.0 Super Speed with Max 5Gbps Transfer Rate

The USB 3.0 interface supports quick and reliable data transfer to and from a PC.

Convenient Virtual ODD

VE300 supports Virtual ODD which can be used as CD-ROM, DVD, and Blu-ray Drive for convenient booting.

One Touch Backup & Safe Removal

Pressing the Convenient One Touch Backup button once will automatically copy files to the selected folder. Pressing the button for more than three seconds will automatically turn power off, allowing the external hard drive to be removed safely without damaging the data.

Convenient & Intuitive Menus

With convenient and intuitive menus, even first time users can easily use VE300.

2.5" SATA I/II HDD Compatible

ZM-VE300 is an external HDD case which is compatible with 2.5” SATA I/II HDD.

Aluminum Body for Enhanced Cooling & Elegance

The whole aluminum-body design is elegant and effective against external shock and radiant heat of HDD.


If an external HDD case with built-in hard disk is connected to a USB port of a desktop PC, notebook or netbook, the hardware will automatically be recognized and can be used instantly without installation.

Subcompact Design

External HDD case has a subcompact design for portability and takes up minimal desk space.

Convenient Travel Pouch Provided

A convenient travel pouch is provided for safe storage and scratch prevention.

Screw Driver Provided for Case Disassembly & HDD Installation

A screw driver is provided for convenient case disassembly and HDD installation.

Dimensions (L x W x H) 5.3 x 3.0 x 0.5 inches (135.3 x 78.6 x 13.1mm)
Weight 3.3oz (96g)
Materials Aluminum Alloy, Acryl, Poly Carbonate
External Interface USB 1.1 - Max. 12Mbps
USB 2.0 - Max. 480Mbps
USB 3.0 - Max. 5.0Gbps
Internal Interface S-ATA I/II
Compatible HDD Size 2.5" (9.5mm HDD/SSD)
Power Input: DC 5V
Supported OS Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, VISTA, 7 / Mac OS / Linux
Color Black / Silver
  • ZM-VE300
  • Pouch
  • Screw (2pcs) & Driver
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Install CD
  • Quick Guide

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Steven S.
  • 10/31/2014 9:22:40 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat tool

Pros: Took me about 15 minutes to "fiddle" with it to figure out how to work the jog dial and get my selections to work. Just remember to make a folder called _iso to put all your iso files in so it works properly and your off. The rest is really pretty cut and dry.

Cons: If I had to think up a con I would say it would have been nice if they added a velcro strap to the back of the leather case to store your USB cable with the drive when not in use.

Other Thoughts: If you're like me and have multiple USB drives laying around with different Windows installs and/or multiple malware/virus tools then get one of these now. You won't believe how nice it is to have all that in one simple place. I made a 2nd partition and have all my .exe files there for use as an external HDD.

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  • J A.
  • 9/9/2014 6:40:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA Technitian's multi-tool

Pros: It works, I mean it really just works. Was using a ZM-VE200 before this one for several years and it quickly became the workhorse for all my repair work. I have no idea how many different machines and configurations I've used that one with but I can't remember any times when I had problems with the disk virtualization or otherwise.

I currently have all the ISOs I could need in the _iso folder, a copy of the suite on the first partition (including Libre Office Portable and Google Chrome Portable), and the latest Linux mint installed to a small ext4 partition at the end of the drive. All in one compact tool.

Can use NTFS, Fat32, or exFat for the file system. I believe exFat requires flashing the firmware with a different version available from the Zalman website. I've updated the NTFS firmware and the process is very easy.

Can be both a virtual dvd-drive and a hard drive at the same time and you can write protect the hard drive if you don't trust the systems you'll be using it on.

The one-touch backup button can also be used to safely disconnect the drive with no risk of data loss. Just hold the button down. Handy for when the OS insists the filesystem is in use or the OS is otherwise misbehaving.

Cons: The documentation *is* sparse. However it explains rather clearly that you must create an "_iso" folder in the root of the first partition on the disk and the the disk must be formatted NTFS or Fat32. Would have been nicer if the cradle automatically created this folder when it isn't already detected.

As mentioned before does not support GPT. If you plan to also install a portable linux distro don't plan on using EFI booting.

The cable that comes with it is, like most "included" usb3 cables, frustratingly short. Plan accordingly.

Other Thoughts: As a tech I needed a good way to transport and access all the diagnostic disks and utilities I use all the time. I could either carry around a bag of disks that I constantly have to re-burn and update... Or I can use this. The older model has worked wonders in this regard and I expect more of the same from this one.

If your a linux user do not let the requirement for NTFS/Fat32 discourage you. Linux can easily format a disk NTFS or Fat32. install ntfs-3g and associated packages for your distro and you should then have access to the mkntfs command. Most popular distros come with ntfs-3g pre-installed. If all else fails install gparted and use its partitioning and formatting features.

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  • Gerardo P.
  • 8/30/2014 1:04:17 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks like it should!

Pros: works great, great time saver for installing windows and other software. Works even better with a SSD inside

Cons: The switch is ok could be better, feels like it will brake easily. but should be good.

Other Thoughts: Should of have gotten the black version....... and dont count on the rebate.

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat after some initial trouble

Pros: Virtual optical drive feature is great - makes installing Windows/Linux or using any number of bootable tools really easy (no need to burn discs or keep reloading ISOs onto flash drives).
The enclosure feels well constructed and comes with a nice pouch, which shouldn't really matter but makes it seem like a quality product to me.
No performance issues - with USB3, this thing is very fast (I've run a few virtual machines off of it and it's just as fast as an internal drive).

Cons: Documentation isn't that good. I first had the EE error, which was fixed by reformatting the drive with MBR rather than a GUID partition table. Next issue was that it would hang on "Data Saving" when switching between the optical drive emulation and hard drive modes, but this hasn't happened since upgrading the firmware.

Other Thoughts: Given that many people have complained about the USB connection not being reliable, I'm trying to be pretty careful with it.

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  • Jason H.
  • 8/15/2014 2:50:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreatest Enclosure I've had yet

Pros: The Virtual Optical Disk feature is the most useful tool. Loaded up all of my ISO's and booted them with no problem. Has a backup feature, that I will never use, but is there. Had a different USB cable than in the pictures however I also did not have the random disconnections that the other reviews spoke of.

Cons: Documentation is limited. Doesn't inform you of a lot of the fine details to get it to work properly. Your HDD must be formatted in NTFS or FAT32 (In Windows) and you have to create the "_ISO" folder and dump all of your ISO's into this folder. After this it worked no problem.

Other Thoughts: I feel the top LCD screen portion of the enclosure is a little cheaply made, however, once installed with an HDD inside, it feels just fine.

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  • Jesse L.
  • 8/6/2014 2:57:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNeat

Pros: The virtualization feature that will mount an ISO as a second ODD is awesome.

Cons: You most likely *will* need access to a Windows machine to get the virtualization working. Though I had reformatted my drive to NTFS and added _ISO to the clean filesystem under Linux, mounting ISOs via the jog menu continually produced "DEFRAG" on the display until I moved the drive to a Windows machine and defragged it. I tried ntfsfix under Linux first, but it did not change the symptoms.

Other Thoughts: If you get a "1st Partition: EE" error on your display, either your 1st partition isn't NTFS, doesn't start at the beginning of the drive, or you are not using a plain msdos partition table. I got this error because my drive was originally set up with a GPT partition table.

If this drive had firmware that supported EXT filesystems, it would be just about perfect.

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  • Johnathan P.
  • 8/4/2014 9:25:11 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNo need for 4 USB drives anymore.

Pros: Does what it advertises. Comes with nice things (pouch, screws)
Works best with SSD so that USB 3 comes in useful. USB 2 adapters can work as well.

Cons: Really cheap design around the top where all the work happening (plug and switch). It is very fragile and feels cheap. Solder joints were solid but if you leave the USB 3 cable in the device while transporting you will break the cable or the plug joints.
Doesn't work with all hard drives.

Other Thoughts: I attached a Samsung HM160HI 160gig drive to it and it worked for about 5 minutes then would loop between failing and connecting to different PCs I tested.

I thought it was just a defective unit and stopped using it for 4 months. Later my friend tried to use it with his SSD drive... BOOM! no more problems. May be a power issue or maybe the enclosure doesn't plug and play with all drives. Either way, it works fine now.

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  • Allan J.
  • 3/4/2014 3:10:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsResolved the 1st Partition: EE error and works great

Pros: Removes necessity to burn CDs/DVDs ISO images

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: If you have a "1st Partition: EE" onscreen and cannot access your ISO folder, to resolve the issue:

Go to Administration --> Computer Management --> Disk Management and delete the volume, then right click on the Disk and select the Convert to MBR option. Then create a new volume and format it (I also updated the firmware so format the drive according to which firmware (either NTFS or FAT) you used.

The issue then disappeared and drive functioned beautifully.

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  • Leiana S.
  • 1/26/2014 12:28:34 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNever found a better alternative

Pros: #1 reason to get this is the Virtual CD emulation. Add an *.iso file to the _ISO folder on the hard driver and it can be selected and mounted as a USB CD drive. Depending on the device you are connecting to, you may have to switch it to CD emulation only mode to be recognized--or alternatively Disk only. Most devices will work in the default Dual mode where this device appears to be both an external hard drive and CD drive.
USB 3 transfer rates are excellent, and the device will show whether it is connected USB 3 or USB 2. It's amazing how many USB 3 laptop ports almost never connect as USB 3.... This device at least let's you know why the transfers are slower than expected--or to disconnect and reconnect on a different USB 3 port.

Cons: As mentioned in other reviews, the USB connection is extremely sensitive and prone to failure.

Other Thoughts: I've bought two of these. The first one failed after a year because of the buggy USB connector. The second I am being extremely careful with--I use the USB CD emulation almost daily for my work and found myself extremely frustrated after the first one failed. It is very nice to be able to test the ISO files I create before wasting the time burning media.
If you're just looking for an external USB 3-Laptop SATA hard drive enclosure, keep on looking. If you think that you might make use of the virtual CD-ROM, get this device.
If they fixed the USB connection, this would be a definite 5 egg device.

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  • Ashish S.
  • 9/19/2013 2:08:40 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBuggy

Pros: Great concept

Cons: USB cable very sensitive and prone to disconnecting
Firmware is buggy, despite many upgrades.
"Dead spot" on hard disk where programs go crazy, constantly trying to write with no result.
Problems getting BIOS to boot from ISOs (partly fixed by upgrades

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