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Rosewill RX81U-ES-25B 2.5" IDE to USB 2.0 External Enclosure

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  • 2.5"
  • USB 2.0
  • Up to 500GB

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  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
works well

Pros: I bought this to wipe, and possible reuse, a harddrive from an old laptop. It works well, out of the box, no hacking, no installation of drivers. It is eminently portable, meaning it fits easily in some little space in my briefcase.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: As others have remarked, the enclosure is all plastic, unlike the Rosewill RX-358 V2 SLV, which is all Aluminum. But once you put the clamshell back together it is really quite sturdy. And, unlike the RX-358, it fits in my briefcase.

Note that both USB plugs need to be plugged in. No issues with over-current on my box. Note also that the interface IS USB, not eSATA, data transfers are a little slow.

i7-3770K
ASUS Sabertooth Z77
Fedora 20 Linux

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good for the price

Pros: Good material, not a cheap looking have a leather (seems like) bag

Cons: A lite hard to open, and uncomfortable to mount the drive but ones you done with it just fine.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5

Pros: Works well, nice and cheap, good way to cheaply put some spare HDDs to use!

Cons: None so far.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Works on all except WII

Pros: Small, tight fit, no extra power needed, and it worked for my desktop, laptop and WD Media Player.

Cons: My WII will not see the drive.

Other Thoughts: I got this mainly for WII and WII is not recognizing the hard drive on this case. I have a "modified" version of WII that I can load games from hard drive. And I had old IDE laptop hard drive that I wanted to use for WII. I had other 3.5" external hard drive case by Rosewill and work worked well with WII. But for some reasons, WII will not see the IDE hard drive that's inside this case. In all other use, it works fine. So I am not sure if it's the case issue or WII issue. I just know that my WII would not recognize this laptop hard drive that I had put inside this case.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5

Pros: I have used this product quite a few times over the past 2 years and it still works great! If you need a small enclosure like this you should definitely get this one. It is lightweight and very reliable.

Cons: none

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5/ 5
Stored

Pros: Great way to turn legacy 2.5 IDE drives into storage devices. I use mine to transfer files from computers I work on for my charity. It is helpful and convenient. Great external enclosure.

Cons: None at this time.

Other Thoughts: I purchased a few of these for this application and the drives work better in my opinion as storage drives than they did as main drives in computers. Less stress and no continued use make the drives ideal for this kind of use in these enclosures.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Functionality great, poor manufacturing execution

Pros: Supports full PATA interface, allows you to reformat HDDs.
Speed is consistent with resident HDD.
Often only requires one USB connection for power.
Great price.

Cons: Risk of jammed plates, inability to disassemble.

Other Thoughts: Got this to put an old laptop HDD to use as sneakernet data transfer. Functionality is great. My problem with this device appears to be a manufacturing defect. Even after an hour of prying and scraping and pulling, I can NOT remove the bottom cover in order to screw the HDD to the adapter. (Had no trouble removing or replacing the top cover.)

Enough was enough, and I was able to insert the HDD into the adapter without pulling the bottom cover off. Figured that the top cover would hold the assembly together just fine. Works good, but the stuck cover is very irritating. Not worth spending postage $ to RMA.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers.

Both top and bottom covers are designed as a slide out and only two plastic latches hold them in place. Please contact our team for warranty options.

Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com
Email2: techsupport@rosewill.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care
Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
1/ 5
It is IDE

Pros: Cheap

Cons: IDE, I thought that was dead years ago...

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