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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


Hello-

I am in the marker for a small (hub-powered) and well made enclosure for a single 2.5" SSD drive. I don't need FW800 or Thunderbolt connections... a simple USB 2.0/3.0 would be fine. Right now I have a sub-par metal enclosure to house my Sandisk 120GB drive and the USB connector is a bit loose.

Thanks in advance
Sebastian



Nov 25, 2012 at 08:33 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


Here's a nice one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1DS0CF0638



Nov 25, 2012 at 10:39 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


any of the OWC enclosures will serve you well. I have way too many as it is from them. a few options available too.
www.macsales.com.

I'm using one of their USB3 express boxes with a 256GB SSD
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/USB2/OWC_Express

they work well as long as you laptop puts out enough power to run the drive off the port of your choice.





Nov 25, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


+1 on that OWC enclosure but be aware that although it *looks* like aluminum it's actually plastic (or at least the one I have (previous USB2 version).


Nov 26, 2012 at 01:57 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


all mine are plastic and is sort of irrelevent. do you know which model you have?

this is their Al housing: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MEPMU3ES/
it can get dented up while traveling.




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Nov 26, 2012 at 01:59 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


I don't bother with enclosures for external SSDs, preferring to keep it small and light. Three 7mm SSDs fit in small pouch.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812226052
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812161005

EBH



Dec 01, 2012 at 07:11 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


not the wisest way of doing it


Dec 01, 2012 at 10:54 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


I have done that for years (even with USB 2.0 before USB 3.0) and it works really well. With modern SSDs on USB 3.0 the read/write transfer rates are ~170 MB/sec. measured for files, not just benchmarks. The SSDs are practically impact proof and the connectors are not an issue in routine use.

I recall that a few years ago there were some SSDs with a built-in USB port. I wish they would do that now.

EBH



Dec 01, 2012 at 05:07 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817379026

I have the USB 2.0 version of this. It's a pretty interesting enclosure, because you can dump ISO files onto it and the enclosure will actually mount the ISO file as if it were an attached CD/DVD drive. So you can boot from an ISO file or whatever.

It's very handy if you're in any way affiliated with IT. If not, maybe not so useful, but just thought I'd throw it out there.



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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


Very interesting.

I'd not use that for an SSD, but maybe a spare HD to run utilities that are not available in a USB flash drive version.

EBH



Dec 02, 2012 at 06:17 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


and it has "great" reviews too.

sometimes simplicity just works best.



Dec 02, 2012 at 01:33 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


EB-1 wrote:
I have done that for years (even with USB 2.0 before USB 3.0) and it works really well. With modern SSDs on USB 3.0 the read/write transfer rates are ~170 MB/sec. measured for files, not just benchmarks. The SSDs are practically impact proof and the connectors are not an issue in routine use.

I recall that a few years ago there were some SSDs with a built-in USB port. I wish they would do that now.

EBH


short lived and pricey. nothing more the a housed SSD over all. I did that already with one SSD for a lot more reasonable price.

oh, by the way, the Hyperdrive is back as the UDMA 2 version. pretty much the same but supports 1TB (no SSD) and a cleaned up interface and comes with a plug in battery draining wifi adapter for the ipad and android and other wifi capable device. kinda falls short on what it could have been but still better then anything under $1000 out there.

http://www.hypershop.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=HDU2%2D000




Dec 02, 2012 at 01:39 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


The new Hyperdrive is rather disappointing. Transfer speeds are lower than the original UDMA (27 MB/sec. vs. 35, unless there is a typo), the display is the same. and it is still USB 2.0. I was hoping for some sort of encryption too. I have no idea why the UDMA 2 would not support an SSD, but perhaps they were not tested with any.

My old Hyperdrive UDMA works just fine with the new Hitachi 1TB 7200 RPM drive. I also replaced the 18650 battery and it is good to go for a few more years.

EBH



Dec 02, 2012 at 03:04 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


its the same thing with some mild updating. the 27 is a reference as the better cards will give better performance. don't need encrypt. it is still U2. have you tried an SSD in the UDMA?

Edited on Dec 03, 2012 at 12:42 PM · View previous versions



Dec 02, 2012 at 03:16 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


Will try it now.

EBH



Dec 02, 2012 at 03:38 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


An SSD works just fine, but the CF download transfer rate is still capped at only 35 MB/sec. The economics are poor for SSD usage.

EBH



Dec 02, 2012 at 04:23 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · 2.5" SSD enclosure suggestions


Such is life.


Dec 02, 2012 at 09:25 PM





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