We wrote this review to help you save some money on an external Hard Disk drive. Instead of purchasing an expensive ready-made solution, you can take any internal HDD and put it into a special enclosure like those that will be tested in this article.
We hope you will find an enclosure that suits you best among them.
So, we tested nine external enclosures for 3.5?Hard Disk drives. They support HDDs with PATA and SATA interfaces. Besides that, the enclosures differ in their external interface ?SATA, eSATA (external SATA), FireWire and USB 2.0 ?so there is a really wide choice for you.
The following table lists the enclosures about to be tested with the interface converter chip employed in each. This chip largely determines the performance of an enclosure:
As you can see, different manufacturers use different chips. This only makes our today's test session the more exciting.
This enclosure is made of aluminum with black and orange plastic details. You can put 3.5?hard and optical drives with a Parallel ATA interface into it. The enclosure itself is equipped with FireWire and USB 2.0 interfaces. A fan and a power switch are located at the rear panel of the case. Besides the enclosure, the package contains a power adapter with power cables, a USB and a FireWire cable, screws, a device description, and a CD with drivers. The dimensions of the device are 173 x 60 x 255 millimeters.
Its average retail price is $36.