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Rosewill RX25-AT-SC-BLK Aluminum & plastic 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good product, but the eSATA cable had issues. 01/05/2013

This review is from: Rosewill RX25-AT-SC-BLK Aluminum & plastic 2.5" Black USB2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure

Pros: I have several of these RX25-AT-SC cases and am satisfied. Ignore the "320GB" spec. I have a new inexpensive 500GB WD Caviar Blue in there and it works fine. Other people have even larger cap drives.

Cons: eSATA cable fix: Hold the eSATA cable (that came with my Rosewill RX25-AT-SC external case) in one hand. You will notice that the top and the bottom of the connector is metal, and that on both the top and bottom, there is a little lip/tab out on the end that sticks up. I suppose that little lip/tab is suppose to snap inside the eSATA connector on the HP Pavilion dv7-1464nr laptop, and hold the cable in, or help center the connector on the internal pins. Take a small screw driver and bend that little lip up some more. I'm suspecting that the cable is not made quite to eSATA design specs and is not making contact with either the contacts on the cable, or the contacts on the laptop. Maybe the connector in the laptop is not to specs, who knows. Anyway, my cable now has the little lips/tabs maybe 1-2mm (~1/64") off the plastic part of the connector. Plug in the modified cable and plug in USB power. I now have cheap eSATA cable joy.

Other Thoughts: Hey, I didn't even expect an eSATA cable to come with it. Just wish I had tested the cable with another known good one before I wasted 6 hours debugging the problem. Consider having an extra quality eSATA cable around for the day this one flakes out. Would give 5 stars if the cable had worked out of the box. There you go . .

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Nippon Labs Black 1M (3.28 ft.) eSATA Cable 3.0Gbps Male to Male I Shape Cable for SATA I and SATA II Hard Drive Model ESATA-1M-BK
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works 100% when the PC's or external enclosure's case does not add any additional depth to the female portion of the eSATA port. By design that depth on any equipment that I checked is 8mm.

Cons: If the PC's or external enclosure's case prohibits the 8mm male connector on this cable from making full frontal contact with the female eSATA port on the PC or external enclosure, this cable may not work.

Other Thoughts: Other cable manufacturers must have seen this problem, and avoid it by simply making the male connector on the cable 10mm long instead of 8mm long. I made this cable work on an ASUS P5E3 by using a Dremel with a cutting wheel and removing ~2mm more of the cable's molded plastic connector shield. That made the connector 10mm long. So I'm now rating this cable at 4 eggs because it does meet the design spec and is very sturdy. However Imho, the Serial ATA International Organization should resolve this issue.

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Nippon Labs Black 1M (3.28 ft.) eSATA Cable 3.0Gbps Male to Male I Shape Cable for SATA I and SATA II Hard Drive Model ESATA-1M-BK
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Quality is acceptable.

Cons: Will not work with many eSATA ports that require 10mm long connectors (eg, ASUS P5E3). This cable's connectors are only 8mm long. That's why other's who bought have had problems.

Other Thoughts: I spoke with customer service and they said they should add "special 8mm" to the description. I cannot find an eSATA design spec that says either 8mm or 10mm is correct. Just be aware of the difference I suppose.

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Display Name: Bret B.

Date Joined: 04/27/06

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  • Last Review: 01/05/13
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