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StarTech IDE1810U2Z Aluminum 1.8" IDE USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure for LIF/ZIF HDD

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  • 1.8"
  • USB 2.0
  • Aluminum

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Mark J.
  • 9/18/2011 4:59:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnice

Pros: Well designed and well made.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: It turns out that I ordered the wrong enclosure, but I kept it anyway since it was well made.

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  • John B.
  • 3/25/2011 7:31:14 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks with MK1214GAH from Sony VAIO VGN-TZ270N

Pros: - does the job I needed it to do
- includes a padded carrying case and USB cable
- includes a 4" micro-Phillips screwdriver needed to install the set screw that holds the case top to the case

Cons: - instructions are a little unclear with regard to the use of the two frames and the operation of the drive ZIF connector (Be careful! You can easily damage the drive's connector, which would brick it.)
- note that the components are small, potentially making this difficult to work with for those with big fingers or bad eyes (not a ding on the product, just a fact of life)
- found some good photos of a similar installation on the Web that helped ("Installing a Toshiba ZIF Drive Into Our Older 1.8" Hard Drive Enclosure")

Other Thoughts: Bought the IDE1810U2Z to access the HDD data from my Sony VAIO that was dropped, making the computer unbootable. The product includes two ribbon cables (tapes); one is for Toshiba drives and one is for Hitachi drives. It ships with the Toshiba cable installed. It also includes two gray plastic enclosure frames, one thick and one thin. For the Toshiba MK1214GAH I kept the original cable but had to swap to the bigger frame.

I had considerable difficulty inserting the cable into the drive's connector. The connector on the enclosure's circuit board uses a more common ZIF method that requires you to pull a release away from the circuit board in the plane of the board. Apparently (I found out later), my drive has a connector that requires you to rotate the connector about 45 deg. up from its board. I was able to instead shove the cable directly into the connector and it works, but the connector is very fragile and don't recommend this method!

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/5/2011 7:18:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Enclosure

Pros: This is a great enclosure hands down for any kind of drive that uses a ZIF/LIF interface.

Cons: Not related to the enclosure but the most common drive that you will find that uses this interface is an ipod hard drive and even then there are issues. See other thoughts...

Other Thoughts: I hope this insight helps others. Anyone who is buying this enclosure to use an ipod hard drive as an external dont count on it. Apple has put an HPA/DCO protected area and special firmware that prevents their drives from being used in anything but an ipod. Special hardware and or software is required to remove the HPA/DCO protected space on the hard drive. Ive tried tons of reformats, ive booted into DOS and completely wiped the drive and still nothing. My model is the mk8010gah so if you have this drive, dont buy this enclosure. I hope this helps anyone looking to buy this external.

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  • Jesse P.
  • 6/16/2010 9:25:02 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsDoes not fit Toshiba mk6006gah

Pros: Came in the box

Cons: This showed up as an option for the Toshiba mk6006gah pulled from a Sony Laptop, it does not work. The drive doesn't fit due to the usb adapter, and although the picture shows it has the adapter, it cannot adapt to the drive to be even used as an external option.

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4 out of 5 eggsIt's not the size, it's what you can do with it.

Pros: - It generally does what a drive enclosure should do. It encloses a 1.8" hard drive. It has a ZIF connector inside and comes with two different length zif ribbons.

Cons: - Side aluminum feels flimsy compared to other aluminum enclosures I've owned. It's malleable. But it comes with a padded pleather carrier, so as long as you treat the thing right, it should be fine.

- Price is a little high. But if you are looking for a 1.8" IDE-ZIF enclosure, this is one of your only options, so, worth every penny.

Other Thoughts: - At first I thought this wouldn't fit my Toshiba MK8009GAH 1.8" hard drive, because the drive appeared to be too long and rested up against the circuit board when I tried to close the case. Then I realized the enclosure comes with two outer-frame brackets -- one for stout drives and one for long drives. I put the drive in the bigger bracket, and then called my Uncle Bob.

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  • Gunilla D.
  • 1/30/2010 2:00:46 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworks, good adapter

Pros: Used with Toshiba mk4009gal 40GB taken from a old Fujitsu UMPC. After about 30 minutes of fiddling with the dang thing, got the hard drive installed with the Hitachi ribbon cable ???
But it works.

Cons: More than zero force was used to install hard drive. Took about a minute of just trying to force the ribbon cable in what felt like upside down, but with the hard drive upside down, the contacts were able to meet and the latch closed down.
Both ribbon cables feel way too thick for the tiny Toshiba mk4009gal's connector.

Other Thoughts: Came with four screws, only needed one to secure the plastic casing?
I used to using four screws to secure a hard drive, my little hard drive seems happy so far though.
Couldn't this have been designed with using four screws around the case to secure the adapters casing?
Come to think of it, I never noticed until now that my little 1.8" 40GB disk drive has no place for screws...
Oh well, I will keep this drive in use at home, and won't take it on the road with me, that's what portable flash drives are for now.

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  • Vladimir V.
  • 3/5/2009 10:21:04 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little thing!!!

Pros: It Works...LOL. But no its small enough, has all the tools and comes with a ribbon for both Hitachi and Toshiba drives which are the more common ones to be a ribbon adapter...

Cons: Changing the ribbons according to which HDD u need to connect. The ribbons are sooooo small and easy to break that I take twice as long to do anything with them to avoid messing them up or breaking them...

Other Thoughts: For the price it was great, a little issue with shipping when I order it. I needed it overnight on saturday to a sunday and apparently there was no disclaimer on Newegg's site that says we are closed and dont ship over the weekend even though you can buy 30 bucks more to get it 3 days later as if it was regular shipping. BUT, the good folks at newegg refunded half the charge so it made it right, those me giving them 5 eggs, thanks again!!!

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  • Miles W.
  • 11/22/2008 6:05:07 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWorked great with my iPod's 80GB Samsung

Pros: Awesome enclosure. Worked great with my iPod's 80GB Samsung drive using the Toshiba connector. The Samsung fits nicely into the default chassis (two are provided) and the Toshiba connector is already hooked up (no need to replace it with the included Hitachi connector). The whole process took about 4 or 5 minutes.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Jon D.
  • 10/15/2008 5:46:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAs expected...

Pros: I researched what I needed for my particular hard drive before I purchased. I have a Hitachi drive with a ZIF connector out of an old Dell DJ. This enclosure worked perfectly.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: The only problem I had was that the instructions had you plug the cable in with the drive label up. That did not work for me (drive was not recognized) and after I examined the pictures I realized that my drive had the connector on the opposite side than their example picture so my cable was not connected correctly. I flipped the drive over, reconnected the cable, and then it worked.

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  • Robert T.
  • 9/26/2008 5:50:27 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoesnt Work With Samsung

Pros: Right price, reputable vendor

Cons: Only comes with ZIF connectors for Hitachi and Toshiba drives! Essentially this is useless for the 160GB Samsung drive in my busted up iPod.

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