- USB 2.0
Good Looks, Good Price, Great Product 12/28/2008
This is a nice enclosure! It looks great, is easy to assemble, and works on almost any OS because it shows up as a USB Mass Storage device. I put a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB in it and it picked it up at full SATA 300 speed and formatted fine. USB transfers are reasonably fast, 25MB/s average in Vista, can reach 30+ depending on drive's seek time. The finish is nice and the assembled drive feels solid. The cords are nice, not cheap or weak. Works fine with IDE drives too, put in a Maxtor DiamondMax 20 (7200RPM 120GB) and it worked fine, also hitting 20+ MB/s during transfers. The indicator LED on the front glows blue when the drive is on and also has a red LED that flashes on activity. I would definitely buy another one of these should I ever need another external drive!
None, really, cables are a bit cramped but nothing you can't manage with a little effort. Doesn't report SMART or other drive info to the PC, but it does show the drive's name as the USB device name. External power supply is a pain if you're using a laptop, but, after all, 3.5" drives need a 12V supply which you can't get from a laptop.
Excellent product, works with my 1.5TB drive even when my onboard SATA 150 controller refuses to boot with the drive in (awful cheap Silicon Image chip). SATA/IDE compatibility leaves it open for swapping drives should you decide to move the external drive into your PC later. I have used this in Windows Vista 32, Windows Vista 64, Ubuntu 8.10, and Windows XP. I'm sure it will work in most other OS'es as well.
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