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Item#: N82E16817826001

Patriot Memory Gauntlet PCGT25S Aluminum 2.5" Black USB 3.0 External Enclosure

  • 2.5"
  • USB 3.0
  • Aluminum
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Learn more about the Patriot Memory PCGT25S

Model

Brand
Patriot Memory
Series
Gauntlet
Model
PCGT25S

Spec

Color
Black
Size
2.5"
Material
Aluminum
Internal Interface
SATA I/II
External Interface
USB 3.0
Features
Maximum transfer rates up to 5Gbps
Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1
Supports all SATA l/ll 2.5" Hard Disk Drives or Solid State Drives up to 9.5mm height
Hot-swappable Plug & Play connectivity
LED activity light
Compliant with Universal Serial Bus 3.0 Specification
Supports HDD and SSD up to 500GB capacity
Supports USB Mass Storage Class Bulk-Only Transport, Revision 1.0

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
9.1" x 5.4" x 1.7"
Weight
0.33 lbs.

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 10/17/2011 11:27:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPatriot Gauntlet

Pros: -Solid, all aluminum construction
-USB 3.0
-Received rebate
-Unbeatable price for a 2.5 inch 3.0 enclose (inc. rebate)
-Only needed to use the data cable with my 250 GB 7200 RPM WD scorpio black :)

Cons: -Needs rubber grips for the bottom, otherwise it slides around too much
-Blue LED is too bright, especially in the dark
-A bag to hold the enclose would also be nice

Other Thoughts: Uses a standard USB 3.0 type A to A connector for data and a USB to 5V connector for extra power.
Haven't used the software or backup button, so I can't comment on that.
Would rate this 4.5 if I could.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/24/2011 6:13:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot worth it.

Pros: 1) The fastest USB 3.0 Portable Hard drive I have used (I have 3 other different brands). I got up to 105 mbps, where my other devices would max out in the 90s.
2) Solidly built: all aluminum construction, no plastic, and it has a rubber bumper on the inside to help absorb shock.

Cons: 1) Non-standard cable. It does not use the standard usb 3.0 Cable that all the other manufactures use. The ones that can be easily replaced if lost or broken. This case uses a usb 3.0 "A" on both ends type cable. This is hard to convey, so think of the USB jack on you computer, this device has the same 'female' usb jack on it. Not the mini USB 3.0 jacks that all the others use. Not only are these type "A" male to type "A: male cables uncommon for standard USB cables, now multiply that by the yet uncommon USB 3.0 factor.
2) Requires a second power cable to function. This is the deal breaker! Not only do you have one 'rare' cable to not loose or break, but a second, which will make your device inoperable if lost or broken. If you only have one available USB port, SORRY. All my other portable 3.0 Hard drives require one cable to operate.

Other Thoughts: The last nail in this coffin is that it works intermittently with my Windows 7 64bit. More than 50% of the time when I plug it in (yes, both cables), it will not register with Windows, even though the light on the case comes on and the hard drive spins up.
This is a one star product, the only reason I gave it two was I reserve one star reviews for products that are complete DOA or grossly misrepresented by their seller/manufacturer. Secondly, it did have the fastest transfer speed (with both drives I tried in it) Maybe this is due to the second power cable, but 10%(+/-)speed increase does not justify the annoyance of a second cable.
I bought this at Newegg for less than twenty bucks (after a mail-in rebate), but is still not worth the price.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We're sorry to hear that you've had some issues with our Gauntlet Enclosure. Please don't hesitate to open a case with support and one of our reps will be glad to assist you.

Thank You for choosing Patriot Memory!

Sincere Regards,
Patriot Support

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  • Thomas N.
  • 5/17/2011 3:25:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCool little unit

Pros: Good design. Does what it supposed to do without complaining.

Cons: LED is WAY TO BRIGHT.
C'mon man.

Other Thoughts: Plugged in my teensy weensy drive (which worked with one USB connection) and off I went. Faster if you hook up both connections.

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  • Joao P.
  • 5/8/2011 9:05:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Casign

Pros: Plain awesome, averaging 80-100mb/s read and 60-80mb/s write with a 500gb scorpio black 7200 drive.

Cons: The metal casing doesn't sit well anywhere, but I knew that before I bought it based on the NewEgg Reviews (by the way, thanks guys). Software is trash but you don't really need it for anything since it plays really well with Windows 7.

Other Thoughts: Would definitely buy again, this is a great product.

If any of you are planning to put a 2.5in SSD drive you might have issues (I did at first). what I did to make it work is put the drive in first, then put the back plate in, making sure to line up the connectors and you can get it to fit like that. I had no problems with my WD Scorpio Black though, plugged it in, then slid it in, no problems what so ever.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/29/2011 7:26:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSome issues as a boot device

Pros: - Beautiful solid all aluminum chassis.
- No issues as a storage device.

Cons: - LED too bright
- Somewhat bulky. Could have been smaller overall.

Other Thoughts: Issues booting and running OSes off of this device:

- Some PCs seem to have issues detecting this device in BIOS (no issues with other USB storage devices I tested) so it can not be used to boot them.
- Seems to cut power to itself too early during shutdown on some PCs causing file systems to get flagged as unclean. Again my other USB boot devices don't have this issue on the same hardware. This is particularly a problem for NTFS and Windows as it won't be able to boot again unless it is cleaned.
- Tried RMA. No difference with the replacement.

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  • Michael V.
  • 4/25/2011 11:37:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAnother great product & bad rebate

Pros: device is small, rock solid, great performer, and easy to manage.

Cons: None, overall a great product.

Other Thoughts: Ran into the same rebate issue as another poster. I'll be using the contact information provided to try and resolve this.

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  • Darin S.
  • 4/21/2011 3:40:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNo Rebate

Pros: Solid construction aluminum housing. Includes all accessories.

Cons: 0 for 2 on Patriot Rebates. Rebate processing claims the date on the invoice does not fall within the date range for the rebate and declined to pay.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this product if you're factoring the rebate into the final cost.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Patriot is very sorry that your submission was rejected; please feel free to contact us at patriotcs@helgesonent.com or 866-942-4682 (CTS). Oftentimes it is a simple matter of submission of the incorrect form for the promotion and we are glad to look into the matter for you.

Sincere Regards,
Patriot Support

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  • Drew M.
  • 4/15/2011 5:22:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: USB 3.0
Aluminum
Quality cables included
Fast and simple
Price

Cons: Blue LED is BRIGHT. I had to cover it up with a piece of electrical tape.

Other Thoughts: For those that are saying this is a non standard cable, you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. The cable this enclosure uses is a Male A to Male A USB 3.0 Cable that can be found here at Newegg or other vendors for cheap. These style cables were used with USB 2.0 so don't think this is new. I in fact like the fact that it uses a full sized connector and not the mini one; they feel more secure and not nearly as fragile.

Overall this enclosure is awesome, especially for the price. The all aluminium body keeps my 640GB Samsung drive cool. Transfer rates are excellent with both USB 2.0 and 3.0. The inclusion of a standard USB 2.0 to DC power cable was a nice touch; I dont really like the Y style cables that some enclosures come with. A great choice if you are looking for a simple USB 3.0 enclosure for your 2.5in HDD or SSD that doesn't use the silly mini USB 3.0 connector.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/14/2011 10:59:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsImpressed

Pros: It looks and feels solid. The chassis is entirely aluminum minus the electronics of course. I'm able to boot from it without issue.

Cons: A bit bulky. I think it could have been a bit slimmer.

Other Thoughts: Someone mentioned the drive is loose inside? Not for me. Using a recent WD drive.

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  • Seung K.
  • 4/8/2011 3:43:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDoes not recognize SATA 1

Pros: USB 3.0
Backup software included
working with SATA II drive

Cons: Does not recognize SATA I HDD.

Other Thoughts: Originally I bought it to use it on my old WD harddrive but appearntly it doesn't work with it. I hooked it up with another Seagate drive, which is SATA II, it works perfectly. Peaks 150MB/s transfer. Usually falls to ~70MB/s...

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