UGREEN External Hard Drive Enclosure

Best 3.5″ HDD housing review

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Best 3.5″ HDD housing, Enclosures and Docks in 2019

A hard drive enclosure is a basic piece of kit which can transform a standard internal hard drive into an external hard drive, or even better a speed SSD solid state drive in almost just a few seconds. If a computer dies for any reason other than a dead hard drive, you can always convert the old drive into an external unit, and grab important files off the drive in the process. The same thing can be done if you install a larger hard drive in your computer and don’t know what to do with the old one.

You have to determine what kind of drive you have because you need an enclosure that’s compatible with your drive. Older computers contain PATA or IDE hard drives, and newer ones contain SATA hard drives. The connectors on PATA hard drives consist of a double row of metal pins, while the connectors on SATA hard drives consist of two flat tabs.

Installing a hard drive in an external enclosure is very easy; usually, all you need is a screwdriver. In the worst case, you might have to move or remove a jumper that sets the drive to be a master or slave, but the odds are you won’t have to touch anything but your screwdriver. Once your external drive is working, you can connect it to a computer and pull any files you want from it. Then you can format the drive and start with a clean slate.

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Best 3.5″ HDD housing, Enclosures and Docks in 2019

A hard drive enclosure is a basic piece of kit which can transform a standard internal hard drive into an external hard drive, or even better a speed SSD solid state drive in almost just a few seconds. If a computer dies for any reason other than a dead hard drive, you can always convert the old drive into an external unit, and grab important files off the drive in the process. The same thing can be done if you install a larger hard drive in your computer and don’t know what to do with the old one.

You have to determine what kind of drive you have because you need an enclosure that’s compatible with your drive. Older computers contain PATA or IDE hard drives, and newer ones contain SATA hard drives. The connectors on PATA hard drives consist of a double row of metal pins, while the connectors on SATA hard drives consist of two flat tabs.

Installing a hard drive in an external enclosure is very easy; usually, all you need is a screwdriver. In the worst case, you might have to move or remove a jumper that sets the drive to be a master or slave, but the odds are you won’t have to touch anything but your screwdriver. Once your external drive is working, you can connect it to a computer and pull any files you want from it. Then you can format the drive and start with a clean slate.

Build Quality92%
Performance95%
Design92%
Versatility99%
Our Top Pick
SISUN 2.5″ / 3.5″ IDE SATA HDD Docking Station

We tested all four slots and they work great. This unit will give you so much flexibility, it is unreal. Plug 2x SATA or IDE drives and turn them into external drives. If you have an old computer or laptop, this is the ideal solution to ensure your data is transferred safely.


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Build Quality92%
Performance95%
Design92%
Versatility99%
Our Top Pick
SISUN 2.5″ / 3.5″ IDE SATA HDD Docking Station

We tested all four slots and they work great. This unit will give you so much flexibility, it is unreal. Plug 2x SATA or IDE drives and turn them into external drives. If you have an old computer or laptop, this is the ideal solution to ensure your data is transferred safely.


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The SISUN IDE SATA Docking station directly exchanges data between 2 different type HDDs (SATA and IDE), even if using HDD of different sizes at the same time (3.5″ and 2.5″). You can copy or back up your files conveniently. Having this docking station saves you from having to buy multiple external cases. With a simple one-step process you can change HDD (2.5″ or 3.5″) to HDD (2.5″ or 3.5″) without the need of any screwdrivers. Easy to connect, just slide into the enclosure for the dedicated drive and size and you are good to go. The unit has multiple data output ports, which gives you unprecedented flexibility. That alone in an outright winner.

You can install a maximum 2x 2TB hard drive at the same time or a single 4TB HDD. Taking into consideration that you will be most likely using old drives, that in our opinion is more than enough as only in recent years we have started to use widely higher capacity drives over 4TB. The unit gives you greater flexibility and convenience for data exchange and backup. Ideal to connect older drives and recover data, photos and files before you dispose of the hard drives. Never lose a memory again, considering that it has been specially designed to accommodate old IDE drives.

The SISUN IDE SATA Docking station directly exchanges data between 2 different type HDDs (SATA and IDE), even if using HDD of different sizes at the same time (3.5″ and 2.5″). You can copy or back up your files conveniently. Having this docking station saves you from having to buy multiple external cases. With a simple one-step process you can change HDD (2.5″ or 3.5″) to HDD (2.5″ or 3.5″) without the need of any screwdrivers. Easy to connect, just slide into the enclosure for the dedicated drive and size and you are good to go. The unit has multiple data output ports, which gives you unprecedented flexibility. That alone in an outright winner.

You can install a maximum 2x 2TB hard drive at the same time or a single 4TB HDD. Taking into consideration that you will be most likely using old drives, that in our opinion is more than enough as only in recent years we have started to use widely higher capacity drives over 4TB. The unit gives you greater flexibility and convenience for data exchange and backup. Ideal to connect older drives and recover data, photos and files before you dispose of the hard drives. Never lose a memory again, considering that it has been specially designed to accommodate old IDE drives.

Build Quality91%
Performance96%
Design92%
Durability92%
Our Top Pick
UGREEN External Hard Drive Enclosure

Very nice enclosure. I transferred a drive from a USB 2.0 enclosure and the speed improvement was quite noticeable. The drive is held inside very snugly with rubber pads on the sides. There are also rubber pads on the end of the drive, but they never touch the drive. Fantastic value for money!


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Build Quality91%
Performance96%
Design92%
Durability92%
Our Top Pick
UGREEN External Hard Drive Enclosure

Very nice enclosure. I transferred a drive from a USB 2.0 enclosure and the speed improvement was quite noticeable. The drive is held inside very snugly with rubber pads on the sides. There are also rubber pads on the end of the drive, but they never touch the drive. Fantastic value for money!


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Great Portability, Get the Best Out of Your Both 3.5″ and 2.5″ Hard Drive
This UGREEN External HDD Enclosure is ideal for harnessing your 3.5 “/2.5″HDD and SSD hard drive as an external USB drive, it will provide you with greater convenience of use and versatility of digital data storage. An ideal choice for digital lovers, movie lovers and business elites.

5Gbps USB 3.0 with UASP, Faster and More Efficient
The UGREEN enclosure comes with the USB 3.0 connection enhanced with the UASP protocol and significantly increases the data transfer rate, delivering up to 70% faster performance than conventional USB 3.0, quickly back up your photos, video, movie, games from your computer to the SATA Drive for storage.

Intelligent Sleeping Mode for Power Saving
The hard drive case will switch to low power consumption standby mode automatically if no data activity within 3 mins, but can be easily awakened by with data transmission

Great Portability, Get the Best Out of Your Both 3.5″ and 2.5″ Hard Drive
This UGREEN External HDD Enclosure is ideal for harnessing your 3.5 “/2.5″HDD and SSD hard drive as an external USB drive, it will provide you with greater convenience of use and versatility of digital data storage. An ideal choice for digital lovers, movie lovers and business elites.

5Gbps USB 3.0 with UASP, Faster and More Efficient
The UGREEN enclosure comes with the USB 3.0 connection enhanced with the UASP protocol and significantly increases the data transfer rate, delivering up to 70% faster performance than conventional USB 3.0, quickly back up your photos, video, movie, games from your computer to the SATA Drive for storage.

Intelligent Sleeping Mode for Power Saving
The hard drive case will switch to low power consumption standby mode automatically if no data activity within 3 mins, but can be easily awakened by with data transmission

Build Quality91%
Performance95%
Design98%
Durability95%
Our Top Pick
Inateck USB 3.0 External HDD SATA Enclosure

If you have a 2.5″ drive sitting around, don’t let it gather dust! Grab one of these little jewels and you have an instant backup drive. This one slides apart with thumb pressure, the drive is angled in and fits perfectly, and closing it provides a seal sufficient to keep it from falling open even packed in a bag.


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Build Quality91%
Performance95%
Design98%
Durability95%
Our Top Pick
Inateck USB 3.0 External HDD SATA Enclosure

If you have a 2.5″ drive sitting around, don’t let it gather dust! Grab one of these little jewels and you have an instant backup drive. This one slides apart with thumb pressure, the drive is angled in and fits perfectly, and closing it provides a seal sufficient to keep it from falling open even packed in a bag.


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The Inateck USB3 SATA Enclosure support connecting 1x 2.5″ SATA HDD SSD to your computer through an available USB 3.0 port on your desktop or laptop. This sleek case uses ABS plastic material, opens and closes without screws, and is incredibly easy to assembly. Aside from the included USB 3.0 cable, there are no additional accessories required to assemble or operate this device. Reverse compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1.

Features
  • Built-in foam pad to protect your small-size hard disks effectively(For 7 mm thickness hard disks, please stick this foam pad to the upper cover for preventing vibration before you close the lid.)
  • Blue power supply/HDD LED activity indicator.
  • Suitable for 9.5mm and below thickness 2.5″ SATA HDD SSD.
  • Compatible Operating Systems: Windows 2000/Windows Me/Windows 98/ XP /Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10, Mac OS 9.1/10.8.4 above.
  • Tool – Free design allow to mount Hard Drive in three seconds without Tools and Mounting Screws, Allow to accessing multi Hard Drives Externally and Easily.

The Inateck USB3 SATA Enclosure support connecting 1x 2.5″ SATA HDD SSD to your computer through an available USB 3.0 port on your desktop or laptop. This sleek case uses ABS plastic material, opens and closes without screws, and is incredibly easy to assembly. Aside from the included USB 3.0 cable, there are no additional accessories required to assemble or operate this device. Reverse compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1.

Features
  • Built-in foam pad to protect your small-size hard disks effectively(For 7 mm thickness hard disks, please stick this foam pad to the upper cover for preventing vibration before you close the lid.)
  • Blue power supply/HDD LED activity indicator.
  • Suitable for 9.5mm and below thickness 2.5″ SATA HDD SSD.
  • Compatible Operating Systems: Windows 2000/Windows Me/Windows 98/ XP /Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10, Mac OS 9.1/10.8.4 above.
  • Tool – Free design allow to mount Hard Drive in three seconds without Tools and Mounting Screws, Allow to accessing multi Hard Drives Externally and Easily.
Build Quality91%
Performance95%
Design95%
Durability93%
Our Top Pick
EAXER USB 3.0 HDD External Enclosure

Do you have any old 3.5″ SATA hard drives? This unit allows you to power them as if it was an external HDD. Simple to use, elegant to look at. It will let you transfer old files into your new computer before disposing safely of the drive. Highly recommended.


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Build Quality91%
Performance95%
Design95%
Durability93%
Our Top Pick
EAXER USB 3.0 HDD External Enclosure

Do you have any old 3.5″ SATA hard drives? This unit allows you to power them as if it was an external HDD. Simple to use, elegant to look at. It will let you transfer old files into your new computer before disposing safely of the drive. Highly recommended.


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EAXER HDD External Enclosure USB 3.0 to SATA III HDD Lay-Flat Docking Station support Direct Insertion or Easily Change of 3.5″ internal SATA Hard drive. It offers an easier solution for connecting your PC with external HDDs or SSDs than ever before. Although it will fit a 2.5″ SATA drive, because it can also house a 3.5″ drive, we recommend other housing for the 2.5″ drives unless you have both 3.5″ and 2.5″ and want to hot swap.

Features: 
– Supports all 3.5″ SATA I, SATA II and SATA III Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or Solid State Drive (SSD).
– On/Off power switch. (Long press 3 seconds to turn off the enclosure)
– The LED light on the top indicates Power and Activity status. Material: Made from ABS plastic
– Hot-swappable, plug and play, no drivers needed. Support UASP Transfer Protocol
– Backward compatible with USB 1.1, USB1.0 & USB 2.0.
– Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps w/USB 3.0

EAXER HDD External Enclosure USB 3.0 to SATA III HDD Lay-Flat Docking Station support Direct Insertion or Easily Change of 3.5″ internal SATA Hard drive. It offers an easier solution for connecting your PC with external HDDs or SSDs than ever before. Although it will fit a 2.5″ SATA drive, because it can also house a 3.5″ drive, we recommend other housing for the 2.5″ drives unless you have both 3.5″ and 2.5″ and want to hot swap.

Features: 
– Supports all 3.5″ SATA I, SATA II and SATA III Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or Solid State Drive (SSD).
– On/Off power switch. (Long press 3 seconds to turn off the enclosure)
– The LED light on the top indicates Power and Activity status. Material: Made from ABS plastic
– Hot-swappable, plug and play, no drivers needed. Support UASP Transfer Protocol
– Backward compatible with USB 1.1, USB1.0 & USB 2.0.
– Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps w/USB 3.0

Build Quality99%
Performance99%
Design95%
Durability95%
Our Top Pick
Sabrent USB 3.0 HDD Converter

This unit will become your life saviour. You can pretty much plug any drive to it and it will work. We have tested all ports and they work. This will allow you to transfer any old files, whatever the type of HDD, into your new system. This is probably a must-have in any household. Highly recommended!


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Build Quality99%
Performance99%
Design95%
Durability95%
Our Top Pick
Sabrent USB 3.0 HDD Converter

This unit will become your life saviour. You can pretty much plug any drive to it and it will work. We have tested all ports and they work. This will allow you to transfer any old files, whatever the type of HDD, into your new system. This is probably a must-have in any household. Highly recommended!


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With the Sabrent USB3 SATA/IDE Converter you can connect any 2.5″ or 3.5″ Serial ATA/SATA Hard Drive, solid state drive (SSD), or desktop 5.25″ CD/DVD-R/RW externally to your computer through an available USB 3.0 port. The Sabrent USB SATA Adapter is a caseless solution that makes swapping hard drives easier than ever before. Transfer data quickly and easily through USB 3.0 at speeds of up to 5Gbps and 52X CR-ROM speeds. Installation is simple and driverless, so this is a perfect solution for data transfers or data backup. Simply Plug-and-Play via USB and you are ready to go!

Features:
  • Supports Standard Desktop 3.5″ SATA Hard Drives.
  • Supports Standard Notebook 2.5″ SATA Hard Drives.
  • LED lights indicate Power and Activity status.
  • Hot-swappable, plug and play, no drivers needed.
  • Reverse compatible with USB 2.0, 1.1.

With the Sabrent USB3 SATA/IDE Converter you can connect any 2.5″ or 3.5″ Serial ATA/SATA Hard Drive, solid state drive (SSD), or desktop 5.25″ CD/DVD-R/RW externally to your computer through an available USB 3.0 port. The Sabrent USB SATA Adapter is a caseless solution that makes swapping hard drives easier than ever before. Transfer data quickly and easily through USB 3.0 at speeds of up to 5Gbps and 52X CR-ROM speeds. Installation is simple and driverless, so this is a perfect solution for data transfers or data backup. Simply Plug-and-Play via USB and you are ready to go!

Features:
  • Supports Standard Desktop 3.5″ SATA Hard Drives.
  • Supports Standard Notebook 2.5″ SATA Hard Drives.
  • LED lights indicate Power and Activity status.
  • Hot-swappable, plug and play, no drivers needed.
  • Reverse compatible with USB 2.0, 1.1.