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Mapower AE31FU2G-01-H-0-SF (Black) Aluminum 3.5" IDE USB 2.0 External Enclosure

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  • 3.5"
  • USB 2.0
  • Aluminum

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The Mapower AE31FU2G-01-H-0-SF neatly balances high-tech design and art-work aesthetics with cool, reliable function. Cold-blue LED light and elaborate hairline treatment ensure that the AF31FU2 looks more like some alien tech. Aluminum construction and large 80 mm fan provide ample cooling with front and side panel hairline mesh for ventilation and air-flow. You can even attach an additional 60 mm fan, for serious chill factor.

This enclosure is compact and light-weight, making it portable and space-efficient. It is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh based systems, supporting 3.5" IDE hard disks. USB 2.0 interface ensures super fast data transfer rates of up to 480 Mbps and compatibility with both laptops and desktops. Hot swappable and plug and play ready, this enclosure can go where you go, when you need it!

  • newegg Supports 3.5-inch Hard Drives The Mapower AE31FU2G-01-H-0-SF provides broad compatibility with standard 3.5-inch IDE hard drives.
  • newegg Aluminum Case The solid aluminum case of the Mapower AE31FU2G-01-H-0-SF delivers excellent heat dissipation and tough, reliable hard drive protection.
  • newegg Built-in Cooling Fan A large 8cm fan is included in the enclosure for enhanced ventilation while maintaining quiet operation.
  • newegg USB 2.0 Interface The USB 2.0 interface enables high data transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps so you save time while copying or moving data. Support for plug-and-play significantly decreases the need for driver installations (Windows 2000/XP or above editions of OS).

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
DOA 11/9/2008 10:05:56 PM

Pros: did my research and this appeared to be a nice drive with a fan and aluminum case for a reasonable price.

Cons: actually, it did not work at all. at first the computer recognized the drive, but would not mount it. upon rebooting and attempting this again, the drive was not recognized at all. tried it with several different hard drives, on several computers, under both windows xp and linux (2.6 kernel). nothing good.

Overall Review: not willing to roll the dice with this brand again. return was a breeze, though.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great piece of hardware 10/11/2008 1:13:34 PM

Pros: Solid. This is my second one. I purchased the Silver one first and love it. I have two 250GB IDE drives that I needed to enclose and since the silver mapower was so good, I bought this one for the second drive. I don't understand why some people find this to be cheap hardware. It's solid in my honest opinion. Windows recognizes the drive instantly. The cooling amazes me. I can't believe how cool both drives stay, even after hours of being powered on. And the fan is very quiet. No complaints at all.

Cons: None

Overall Review: 1. The wiring is tight, as others have pointed out. But don't be afraid to bend them. They won't cut. There are no sharp edges. The HDD fits snug in the space, but that's a good thing. I spent a few days swapping out different HDD's and eventually the IDE cable becomes more flexible and the HDD is easier to fit in. If you are not going to swap out the HDD constantly, then don't worry about it.

2. Make sure your HDD jumper is set to Cable Select.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Nice! 9/7/2008 8:27:00 AM

Pros: Enclosure is very quiet. Fan is barely audible. Connect time is quick also. Drive installs in enclosure in about 2 minutes or less. I used a WD 320gig Caviar SE drive. The software with drive setup very nicely although I also wiped it and used Windows (XP) to setup and see how well it would work. I then wiped it again, used the drive soaftware to migrate a copy of the hard drive in my computer and it worked very well. Also, after about 4 hours of constant use ( 2.5 to migrate) this enclosure was barely warm.

Cons: The wireing is VERY close (power and cable). I don't plan on changing the drive unless necessary. But it's not the kind of enclosure I would want if changing drives a lot. Wireing is so close one either would need to be carefull each time or trouble might result down the road from a pinched wire.

Overall Review: I would like to see 1/4 inch more clearance for wires. Although enclosure is aluminum, the plate on rear is stamped steel. I would pay more for one with machined aluminum rear plate. After all, it's so cheap anyway, what's another 5.00 dollors or so. But all in all, I'm satisfied for my use. I would recommend it, and already have to 2 friends. I would like to see more details on drive limits though. But I know it will handle at least 320gig. !!!

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Cool Case 7/15/2008 10:10:45 AM

Pros: quiet fan, case and drive stays cool. Unformatted drive was recognized and was able to format via USB which is not always the case with some USB external drive cases. My transfer rate with a Samsung spinpoint P120 / 400gb was 753mb per minute averaged over 20 minutes.

Cons: None that I can think of!

Overall Review: Unless Mapower upgrades these cases recently, then I don't see where you get cut by the case edges. They are not sharp. Also as to the tight install, don't see that either. As long as you align the slot in the case with the nubbin on the drawer, it just slides together with zero effort. Are others not seeing the slot and nubbin? Don't know! All I can say is mine went together very easy and was a 3 minute affair.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Mapower External Enclosure 3/1/2008 9:03:39 AM

Pros: Nice cooling fan on top. Easy to turn on and off

Cons: Power supply failed after only a few months. I used it very occasionally. Maybe a total of 5 hours of actual operation. Power supply was plugged into APC surge protector battery backup unit so no surge or power spikes occured. Power supply just simply failed.

Overall Review: Emailed support. Not sure if they will replace defective power supply.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
12/7/2007 1:18:32 PM

Pros: Excellent cooling!! Runs very cool. I have had two of these for quite a while, and the internal hard drives in them are still running like new.

Cons: The internal bracket leaves very little room for the IDE cable.

Overall Review: I should really only the give the case 4 eggs instead of 5 because of the clearance problem. But after I found a solution to overcome that, it worked like a charm.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good Product 11/15/2007 2:16:05 PM

Pros: This external case is great. It has a very large fan that keeps the hard drive running cool. The usb hook up is easy, and is plug-and-play, the drivers aren't even needed. You can also turn the hard drive off on and without restarting your computer.

Cons: none.

Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this external case.

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Anonymous
Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
dead after 18 months 11/5/2007 8:34:52 AM

Pros: Metal case, quiet fan

Cons: died after 18 months and took my HDD with it. Very unhappy.

Overall Review: Power switch protrudes a bit and is easy to shut off. I would not buy this case again.

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