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OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" Portable USB 3.0 Enclosure Kit for SATA HDDs & SSDs (Black)

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OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" Portable USB 3.0 Enclosure Kit for SATA HDDs & SSDs (Black)

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  • Ventilated Pocket-Sized Enclosure
  • Accepts 2.5" SATA III HDDs or SSDs
  • Accepts Drives up to 9.5mm in Height
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity
  • USB 2.0 Compatible
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Includes USB Cable and Carrying Sleeve
  • Windows, Mac, & Linux Compatible
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Color: Black

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The black Express 2.5" Portable USB 3.0 Enclosure Kit for SATA HDDs & SSDs from OWC / Other World Computing is designed to house a SATA III 6 Gb/s, SATA II 3 Gb/s, or SATA I 1.5 Gb/s hard drive or solid state drive so you can store and carry your music, photos, and personal data wherever you go. You simply insert a 2.5" drive up to 9.5mm in height into the ventilated enclosure to build a portable hard drive. This device supports USB 3.0 connectivity and is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 connectivity.

The Express 2.5" Portable USB 3.0 Enclosure Kit includes a USB 3.0 cable and a carrying sleeve, and is compatible with systems running Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Please be aware that USB bus power is only compatible when a USB 3.0 or 2.0 connection is utilized, and SSDs are only supported via USB 3.0.

Chipset ASMedia 1053e USB 3.0 chipset
Drive Mechanisms Supported Any 2.5" SATA drive up to 9.5mm in height. Please note that bus power is only supported when a USB 3.0 or 2.0 connection is used, and solid state drives are only supported with USB 3.0
Interfaces Supported USB 3.0, 2.0, or 1.1 backwards compatible
Port Configuration 1 x USB 3.0 micro-B port
Max Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0: 500MB/s
Port/Interface Bootability USB 3.0: Supported on USB 3.0 capable Macs and PC's that allow USB 3.0 booting from BIOS
USB 2.0: Supported on Intel Macs and PC's that allow USB 2.0 booting from BIOS
System Requirements Macintosh: OS 8.6 to 9.2.2, OS X 10.2.x or later, including Mavericks 10.9.x and an available USB port. Time Machine compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and later

PC: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000, NT, 98, and an available USB port

Linux: Linux compatible via supported the USB interface
Cooling Fanless ventilation
Power Supply Bus power via USB on all models with USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port
Temperature Dependent upon mechanism installed
Relative Humidity Dependent upon mechanism installed
Shock Dependent upon mechanism installed
Vibration Dependent upon mechanism installed
Dimensions (W x D x H) 3.07 x 5.12 x 0.55" (7.80 x 13.0 x 1.40 cm)
Weight 2.0 oz (56 g)
OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" Portable USB 3.0 Enclosure Kit for SATA HDDs & SSDs (Black)
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Carrying Sleeve
  • Limited OWC 1-Year Warranty with 48-Hour Repair Service
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    OWC / Other World ComputingExpress 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black)
     
    4.1

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast connection (9)
    • Quiet (7)
    • Reliable (4)
    • Attractive (3)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-up (11)
      • Travel (8)
      • Laptops (5)
      • Large projects (3)
      • Multimedia (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (6), Tech professional (5), Multimedia professional (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (9), Business (5)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (13)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent Enclosure!

      So I bought this for my Intel 520 series SSD (SATAIII)...I recently upgraded to a new retina MacBook Pro and my old MacBook Pro had the Intel 520 as its boot drive...Read complete review

      So I bought this for my Intel 520 series SSD (SATAIII)...I recently upgraded to a new retina MacBook Pro and my old MacBook Pro had the Intel 520 as its boot drive and everything was already transfered over so I decided to use my SSD as a scratch drive for video editing. I used a Seagate SATA adapter which was decent but didnt provide an enclosure really. I bought this to give my SSD a home and my SSD speeds went up by about 40-60MB/s...I'm now getting 250-300 on read and 180-230 on write...not BLAZING fast but faster than before. The drive DOES support SATAIII so If I throw in a Samsung 840 Pro I suspect I'll get SATAIII speeds...Its not super duper durable but it gets the job done, their is some space in between the enclosure and the SSD but it holds it just fine, if I were concerned about durability I could theoretically throw some material in to pad it but SSD's are naturally durable. Only con is sometimes it causes the drive to dismount when I close the lid on my MacBook...never had this issue with other external SSD's so this is a bummer but as strange as it sounds I don't put my MacBook in sleep when Im doing allot of work anyways. Overall pretty good but 1 star off for the durability and sleep problems.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Works okay

      Seems to work okay, but the drive inside seems to not fit correctly, the enclosure seems a little big for the drive. The drive seems to also dismount when my macbook pro goes...Read complete review

      Seems to work okay, but the drive inside seems to not fit correctly, the enclosure seems a little big for the drive. The drive seems to also dismount when my macbook pro goes to sleep and then disables the USB port that it was connected to. I have to restart my Macbook to get the USB port working again.

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      4.0

      Great enlcosure

      By MacBook Pro 15

      from Orange County, CA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Connectivity
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Time Machine
      • Travel

      Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black):

      Great product. I just bought a MacBook Pro and was going to throw away my old windows laptop but was trying to figure out how to make use of the HDD. This is a perfect solution. My only issue with this is the plastic feels a little cheap compared to an aluminum model. This thing is lightening fast in a USB 3.0 port.

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

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      4.0

      Excellent Enclosure

      By Rolling Robertson

      from NY, NY

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Connectivity
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black):

          I used this enclosure to house a Crucial brand internal SSD for use as an external SSD for video editing. Despite being just a tad big for the 2.5" drive, I am very happy with the product. It was easy to assemble, appears to be durable, and has given me no issues thus far.

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

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          5.0

          Easy to install external hard drive jack

          By michel-ki

          from Quito

          About Me Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast Connectivity
          • Reliable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Laptops
            • Large Projects
            • Travel

            Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black):

            I bought this item while replacing my internal hard drive in my Macbook Pro 2011. The old hard drive I put into this jacket and gained one more external hard drive. Nice! USB cable included, all you need for installation is a small phillips screwdriver.

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

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            5.0

            Nice looking

            By Jim

            from Apple Valley, CA

            About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast Connectivity
            • Quiet
            • Reliable
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Laptops
              • Large Projects
              • Multimedia
              • Travel

              Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black):

              Protects my portable HDD. Looks great in the black leather case.

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

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              4.0

              Best enclosure I know of on the market

              By mishuga

              from NY

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast Connectivity

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black):

                  If a more reliable one existed, I would probably give this three stars, since it doesn't always work at first and can require multiple rounds of unplugging and replugging in the drive, at least on my Macbook Pro. However I've had this same problem with other enclosures, so the behavior isn't entirely it's fault. OWC should have provided an external power option to possibly mitigate such difficulties. These complaints might seem to be at odds with my rating, but I am a fan of the durability and small size of this enclosure, and again, I don't know of a better one with its qualities.

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

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                  4.0

                  Solid, Portable 2.5" Hard Drive Case

                  By SIr Felgar

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast Connectivity

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Travel

                    Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black):

                    I used this external case when I recently upgraded my 2009 MacBook Pro with an SSD. To accomplish this, I put the SSD in the external case, cloned my internal drive to it, and swapped drives. The old internal drive works well in the new case.

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

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                    3.0

                    Works okay

                    By RX10 Lover

                    from Ann Arbor, MI

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Construction

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black):

                      Seems to work okay, but the drive inside seems to not fit correctly, the enclosure seems a little big for the drive. The drive seems to also dismount when my macbook pro goes to sleep and then disables the USB port that it was connected to. I have to restart my Macbook to get the USB port working again.

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

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                      3.0

                      Do the job

                      By Marc Philip

                      from Victoriaville, QCX, Canada

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                      • Plastic

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Travel

                      Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black):

                      Not the big deal, but I've no one word for the price, that do the job.

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

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great Value and Performance

                      By Toby

                      from Lakeland, FL

                      About Me Tech Professional, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Cost Effective
                      • Fast Connectivity
                      • Quiet
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • No Texture On Outside

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Laptops
                      • Multimedia
                      • Travel
                      • When Upgrading To Ssd

                      Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black):

                      I had a HDD that came out of my Mac when upgrading to an SSD. It had all of my data and I wanted to keep it local without filling the SSD. Transfer speeds are great. I'm a longtime fan of OWC and this product does not disappoint. The case is a little slick for my liking and I've almost dropped it a few times because of that.

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

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Sleek and slender

                      By obscurebug

                      from Melbourne, Australia

                      About Me Tech Professional, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive
                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Laptops
                        • Travel

                        Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black):

                        This is the most attractive USB disk enclosure I've ever had. It's also very light. I wish I had ordered multiple. I put a SSD inside and it clipped in easily and snugly, no stress on the internal connector.

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

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great enclosure! Super Light.

                        By Fulwave

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Multimedia Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast Connectivity
                        • Light
                        • Quiet
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Laptops
                          • Large Projects
                          • Multimedia
                          • Travel

                          Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black):

                          Another great OWC product.

                          This works the best with SS drives. I have tried other cases and always had issues.

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

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent Enclosure

                          By butteryourbacon

                          from Austin, Tx

                          About Me Tech Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast Connectivity
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup

                            Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black):

                            Not only does it look great, it's easy to assemble

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

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Excellent Enclosure!

                            By Nateo200

                            from Syracuse, NY

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Not Durable
                            • Unmountson Sleep At Times

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Backup
                            • High Speed Essd Drive
                            • Storing An Old Hdd
                            • Using Any Hdd As External
                            • Video

                            Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black):

                            So I bought this for my Intel 520 series SSD (SATAIII)...I recently upgraded to a new retina MacBook Pro and my old MacBook Pro had the Intel 520 as its boot drive and everything was already transfered over so I decided to use my SSD as a scratch drive for video editing. I used a Seagate SATA adapter which was decent but didnt provide an enclosure really. I bought this to give my SSD a home and my SSD speeds went up by about 40-60MB/s...I'm now getting 250-300 on read and 180-230 on write...not BLAZING fast but faster than before. The drive DOES support SATAIII so If I throw in a Samsung 840 Pro I suspect I'll get SATAIII speeds...Its not super duper durable but it gets the job done, their is some space in between the enclosure and the SSD but it holds it just fine, if I were concerned about durability I could theoretically throw some material in to pad it but SSD's are naturally durable. Only con is sometimes it causes the drive to dismount when I close the lid on my MacBook...never had this issue with other external SSD's so this is a bummer but as strange as it sounds I don't put my MacBook in sleep when Im doing allot of work anyways. Overall pretty good but 1 star off for the durability and sleep problems.

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

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Best portable HD enclosure I have used

                            By Photo Pete

                            from Edgewater, FL

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage
                              • Backup
                              • File Transfer

                              Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black):

                              Super Easy to use, no fussing with needing to screw the HD into the inside of the case then screwing the case together as with other enclosures. HD just clicks in, and the cover snaps closed and you are ready to go.

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

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                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              was expecting higher quality

                              By M.C.

                              from Venice, CA

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Express 2.5" USB 3.0 SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Enclosure (Black):

                              Cheap platic feeling to it. Not as sturdy as I would want to entrust it with my SSD. There are better productos IMHO.

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