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OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver)

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Product Highlights
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Interface
  • 2.5" Serial ATA Enclosure
  • Mac and PC Compatible
  • Bus-Powered

The Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure from OWC is a pocket-sized bus-powered hard drive enclosure that maximizes your mobile data storage. After adding your own 2.5" Serial ATA I/II hard drive or SSD up to 9.5 mm height, this ultra-portable enclosure lets you take your music, photos and personal data with you wherever you roam. Compatible with Macs and PCs, and with no AC adapter needed, this USB 3.0 enclosure puts flexibility in your pocket.

Bus-powered
Use any 2.5" SATA drive with 9.5 mm maximum height
USB 3.0 interface (backward compatible with USB 2.0)
Chipset Asmedia USB 3.0 chipset
Interfaces USB 3.0 (backward compatible with USB 2.0)
Color Silver
Ports One USB 3.0 SuperSpeed - mini port
Maximum Data Rate USB 3.0: 5Gb/s
System Requirements Mac: Mac OS 8.6 to 9.2.2, OS X 10.2.x or later, and one available USB 3.0 / 2.0 port
PC: Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, NT or 98 and an available USB 3.0 / 2.0 port
Cooling Super quiet fanless ventilation
Power Supply Bus-powered
Drive Types Supported Any 2.5" 9.5mm hard drive or solid state drive
Dimensions (DxWxH) 5.12 x 3.07 x 0.55" (13 x 7.79 x 1.39 cm)
Weight 2 oz (56 g)
OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver)
  • 2 x Phillips Screws
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Carrying Sleeve
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    OWC / Other World ComputingExpress 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (White)
     
    3.9

    (based on 37 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    84%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (27)
    • Compact (25)
    • Easy to set up (25)
    • Portable (25)
    • Attractive (22)

    Cons

    • No power switch (3)

    Best Uses

    • Additional storage (25)
    • Back-up (22)
    • File transfer (21)
    • Photo storage (14)
    • Video (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (27), Casual user (8)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (22), Business (13)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (23), PC (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Affordable and Reasonable

    I purchased this to enclose my 2.5 sata drive from my ssd upgrade to a laptop. This drive is very affordable and certainly faster than the usb 2.0 drives. The design is by no...Read complete review

    I purchased this to enclose my 2.5 sata drive from my ssd upgrade to a laptop. This drive is very affordable and certainly faster than the usb 2.0 drives. The design is by no means 'apple' quality, but is sturdy and attractive enough for most people. The matte plastic is very nice since it does not gloss and sratch like cheap piece of plastic, and it does not flex so much thus the drive will stay safe from general usages. Speeds are about double the usb 2.0 drive, being 40 to 50 MB/s. I really see no reasons to purchase a more expensive drive as this is a very good blend of price/perormance/design.

    One thing I would change about this drive is the cable it came with, it is very clean looking in one piece, but is very stiff like other usb 3.0 cables. This applies many other drives so it is not really a con. And the usage of screw driver bothered me a little because it is just a hassle to get it out and spend a few seconds on it.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great Enclosure / Cheap Material

    Likes:
    1. I dislike the enclosure styling of 99% of the available options out there, however OWC is the remaining 1% with an attractive design.
    2. The enclosure is very simple...Read complete review

    Likes:
    1. I dislike the enclosure styling of 99% of the available options out there, however OWC is the remaining 1% with an attractive design.
    2. The enclosure is very simple to configure and use by inserting a 2.5" hard drive and tighten two screws. The package comes with a bottom sled and sliding cover, 2 screws, thin leather pouch and a USB 3.0 cable.
    3. I bought a SSD drive to use in this enclosure and couldn't be happier with the read/write speeds from the controller board.
    4. The controller board is very small so the enclosure isn't much bigger than your 2.5" hard drive.

    Dislikes:
    I would have put 3.5 stars but BH doesn't do halves. I think the following constitues the 1.5 star reduction:
    1. That the materials used for the enclosure is plastic and not aluminum as the product images may have you believe. I'd like to show it off, however I have it always in the included leather pouch so it doesn't get scratched.
    2. That there is no shock resistant or stabilization within the enclosure. It's your hard drive directly touching plastic framing. This doesn't concern me that much since I have an SSD in it, but still could be an issue for non SSD users.

    Compatibility:
    I'm on a Mac platform and have found no issues thus far with Fat32 partitioning and formatting even while using with Mac or PC.

    B&H:
    Cheapest on the Internet, even cheaper than OWC directly!

    Reviewed by 37 customers

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    1.0

    Couldn't see the SSD drive

    By Captain Pixel

    from London UK

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage

      Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

      I bought this to house my 240GB SSD drive but it didn't work.I contacted OWC customer service "chat" on their web site. Very slow and not very helpful. In the end decided it was a dud so bought another make on [@]and that worked fine.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      Good looking and works as expected

      By Joet

      from Reading, PA

      Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

      Need an enclosure to take back and forth to work and this fit the bill.

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      3.0

      Decent hard drive enclosure

      By Bohan

      from Hayward, CA

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Cheaply Built

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup
      • File Transfer
      • Photo Storage

      Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

      I like that it's silver and has vent holes that match my G-Drives.
      But it IS plastic, and it uses the same board as another enclosure I had, and the USB connection broke off that board after a few years, so I know it won't stand up to any kind of rough use.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      4.0

      Solid enclosure

      By Louis

      from Sunnyvale, CA

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage

        Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

        The enclosure is easy to set up. I put a HDD that I took out from my 15" MBP in it, and it just worked. The color matched Mac products well, but the material not so much - after all, it is plastic and not aluminum. The speed is what you expect from a 7200 rpm HDD.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Excellent form factor. Easy to install.

        By nyala

        from boston

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • File Transfer
          • Photo Storage

          Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

          Makes it very easy to hook up external hard drives
          with USB 3.0 speed.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          SSD Freedom

          By DBU

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • Portable
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • Needs To Be Stronger

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • File Transfer
          • Photo Storage

          Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (White):

          Easy to use. I wish it was more rugged, but for the value I can't complain.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Got what I expected

          By Texas Photog

          from Coleman, TX

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

              This hard drive enclosure is exactly what I thought it would be. It is a no-nonsense enclosure that does what it is supposed to do. Although it is all plastic, it still holds my 1TB drive and keeps it safe for my purposes. A little pouch is provided for storage, however, a pocket on the pouch would have been nice for the included cable.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Excellent for transferring media!

              By Pierre

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Compact
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use
              • High Capacity
              • Portable
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Backup
                • File Transfer

                Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

                We had long and multiple shoots right after one another, which required a lot of data to be transferred in post. This allowed us to transfer the footage needed quickly to keep, as well as to give to the client. With USB 3.0, we were even able to transfer the required footage in between shoots when other means would have taken up to much time. Great purchase on our part and I would recommend this to others as well!

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Works perfectly

                By Antonio Talo

                from Jersey City, NJ

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage

                    Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

                    Very fast because it is a USB 3.0 device. It doesn't deserve 5 stars because it is totally made of plastic and the LED that indicates the HD activity is completely inside the enclosure, so it is hidden and we can´t check HD activity.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    5.0

                    easy, fast and looks great

                    By Nick

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • Portable
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Additional Storage
                      • Backup

                      Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

                      I got this to put a left over 2.5 inch drive in. It was easy to use . Pretty simple. I was happy to find the USB 3.0 connection tight.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Durable and easy to use.

                      By Olivia

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact
                      • Easy to use
                      • Portable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Backup

                        Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

                        We took apart an old laptop and used the enclosure to turn a brand new internal hard drive we purchased for the laptop into an external hard drive. This did a great job. It is light weight and stays cool when we are using the external hard drive. And for a little money we didn't waste a brand new hard drive we had purchased.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        4.0

                        Fast, Cheap, & Good its rare U get all 3

                        By Liquid

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Portable

                        Cons

                        • No Power Switch

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Video

                        Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

                        Small and compact,I was able to take old USB 2.0 drives and put them into this case and get USB 3 speeds. Does what it says it does. I even used my old glass filter pouches to put the drive and the case in as an extra protector. It fits like a glove. I will get a few more.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        3.0

                        Just enough

                        By Asier

                        from Philadelphia, PA

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to use
                        • Portable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • File Transfer

                          Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

                          It is not a great hard drive enclosure, but it is USB 3.0 and it is cheap.

                          It seems aluminium but it is not metal, so you me be confused with the photo. At least, it comes with a case to avoid scratches.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          4.0

                          A nice case, a nice price

                          By Joe Mac User

                          from Houston, TX

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use
                          • High Capacity
                          • Portable
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                          • Snaps Together

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • File Transfer

                          Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

                          I needed a case to do the swap of my internal hard drive with my new SSD. This case worked well for that. The only drawback of this case is that it snaps together. I have other OWC and other brand enclosures that aren't so permanent. Of course, I left the cover off while doing the swap and only put it on when I put the old HDD in it.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          low cost, simple enclosure

                          By blukut

                          from ny, ny

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Backup
                            • File Transfer

                            Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

                            Was upgrading macbook to a hybrid hd and needed an enclosure to clone my drive.

                            Wanted usb 3.0 for the fastest connection and this did the trick nicely.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            3.0

                            I recomend it

                            By HGVP

                            from Buenos Aires, Argetina

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy to use
                            • Portable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • File Transfer

                              Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

                              I use it for my research in my office and home. It's light and easy to use, but a quit fragile. I recomend to buy a good case. Perfect operation with Mac and PC!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              4.0

                              Slim, Light Weight and Very Portable

                              By Keith4594

                              from Dublin, Ireland

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy to use
                              • High Capacity
                              • Portable
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Backup
                                • File Transfer

                                Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

                                Great product used and handy to have around a tech dept in a busy repair shop , only bad thing is that it can be hard to reopen each time you want to put a new drive in to it

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                5.0

                                Best bang for the buck USB 3.0 enclosure

                                By Cameraman

                                from NYC

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Easy to use
                                • Portable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • File Transfer
                                  • Photo Storage
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (White):

                                  very straightforward to use - juust stick your SATA drive in there and go to town. white color matches perfectly with macs.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  1.0

                                  Not Very Durable

                                  By supermoose

                                  from Ontario, Canada

                                  About Me Casual user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

                                        Yuo get what you pay for. NOT MUCH

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                                        3.0

                                        Great Enclosure / Cheap Material

                                        By Christopher

                                        from Madison Heights, MI

                                        About Me Power user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attractive Design
                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Easy to use
                                        • Portable

                                        Cons

                                        • No Internal Drive Support
                                        • Plastic Material

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Additional Storage
                                        • Backup
                                        • File Transfer
                                        • Photo Storage
                                        • Video

                                        Comments about Express 2.5" USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (Silver):

                                        Likes:
                                        1. I dislike the enclosure styling of 99% of the available options out there, however OWC is the remaining 1% with an attractive design.
                                        2. The enclosure is very simple to configure and use by inserting a 2.5" hard drive and tighten two screws. The package comes with a bottom sled and sliding cover, 2 screws, thin leather pouch and a USB 3.0 cable.
                                        3. I bought a SSD drive to use in this enclosure and couldn't be happier with the read/write speeds from the controller board.
                                        4. The controller board is very small so the enclosure isn't much bigger than your 2.5" hard drive.

                                        Dislikes:
                                        I would have put 3.5 stars but BH doesn't do halves. I think the following constitues the 1.5 star reduction:
                                        1. That the materials used for the enclosure is plastic and not aluminum as the product images may have you believe. I'd like to show it off, however I have it always in the included leather pouch so it doesn't get scratched.
                                        2. That there is no shock resistant or stabilization within the enclosure. It's your hard drive directly touching plastic framing. This doesn't concern me that much since I have an SSD in it, but still could be an issue for non SSD users.

                                        Compatibility:
                                        I'm on a Mac platform and have found no issues thus far with Fat32 partitioning and formatting even while using with Mac or PC.

                                        B&H:
                                        Cheapest on the Internet, even cheaper than OWC directly!

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • Mac

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