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Insten 1042814 Aluminum 2.5" Silver SATA USB 2.0 SATA External Enclosure Version 2

Item #: 9B-17-823-011  |  Mfr. Part #: 1042814  |  UNSPSC: 43201544
$8.99
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  • 2.5"
  • USB 2.0
  • Up to 500GB
  • Aluminum

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    Top Favorable Review

    Gets the job done

    I bought this to help clone my laptop HDD onto an SSD. It went together easily, and worked well with my windows 7 laptop. I had no trouble cloning my hard drive with it. Considering it was THE least expensive enclosure I could find, and it ... Read more
    — Eric K. 10/29/2014
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    Top Critical Review

    Poor Quality Product

    Hard drive doesn't fit inside. Aluminum case squeezes the hard drive and you can't fit it through like it is supposed to. The Connections on the adapter were not connected to the adapter. Therefore it didn't work. Problem is the container ... Read more
    — Andy T. 12/29/2014


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    • joe w.
    • Verified Owner

    4 out of 5 eggs you'll need a 16th inch drill bit

    Pros: works well,,,good price ,,and a cheap leatherette cover,,very quick delivery with UPS even over Christmas week

    Cons: screw driver is a JOKE and holes never drilled in plastic drive holder to keep in case

    Bottom Line: while the dual feed usb cable is cute I never saw a laptop drive that drew soo much power it needed 2 power plugs
    also only 13 inches long

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    • Andy T.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs Poor Quality Product

    Pros: None

    Cons: Hard drive doesn't fit inside. Aluminum case squeezes the hard drive and you can't fit it through like it is supposed to. The Connections on the adapter were not connected to the adapter. Therefore it didn't work. Problem is the container is so damaged from me trying to fit the hard drive that I am not going to be able to return the item.

    Bottom Line: Complete waste of my money. If stuff like this is on this site I can't continue to trust it enough to spend my money here. Sorry Newegg I won't be back again. The link to download drivers is a generic site that my web security wouldn't let me open due to the high volume of viruses. So no support either.

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    • Jonathan S.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Works on Windows 8

    Pros: So simple, plug in SATA drive, plug in USB cable. The nice aluminum makes it seem more expensive than it is. Why pay more? Also includes a nice enough carrying case "sleeve".

    Cons: The tiny screws (which you really should install to keep things from working loose inside) are hard to install with the included screwdriver. I used a normal small screwdriver and the screws drove in easily. Be careful not to over tighten. These two small screws firm things up and take out the "flimsiness".

    Bottom Line: You should NOT need a driver for this drive! I plugged it in on an XP PC, a Windows 7 PC, and a Windows 8.1 PC and it was immediately recognized by all. Because my hard drive was already formatted and had content on it, I was immediately able to see and use the drive. (If your drive is new "blank" you'll need to go into Disk Management and format the drive before it will show up with a drive letter under Computer.)

    To the reviewer who said it wasn't working with Windows 8, I would suggest that is possibly a USB 3.0 vs. USB 2.0 issue. Try plugging into a dedicated USB 2.0 port. No driver needed, this is a standard USB hard drive device! Even though USB 3.0 is supposed to be backwards compatible, I have seen devices that don't work when plugged into a USB 3.0 port. FYI, if you HAVE a USB 3.0 port (usually colored blue) then you really should be buying a USB 3.0 external enclosure anyway. (This one is USB 2.0, thus the low price).

    Also, make sure you connect BOTH ends of the split USB cable to USB ports (one draws power, the other is for data!) While the drive may power on (LED light on) if you are only using one port you it may not work properly.

    If you connect and use the device properly, it should work on any modern version of Windows no problem.

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    • Eric K.
    • Verified Owner

    4 out of 5 eggs Gets the job done

    Pros: I bought this to help clone my laptop HDD onto an SSD. It went together easily, and worked well with my windows 7 laptop. I had no trouble cloning my hard drive with it. Considering it was THE least expensive enclosure I could find, and it got the job done, I am happy overall with this purchase.

    Cons: It's a little flimsy feeling; very thin. The screws don't seem to fit very well, and I'm not sure how well this drive would hold up to heavy use (although it is fine for my purposes).

    Also, the documentation for this device is basically nonexistent. It came with a sticker in the box directing you to an obscure website with links to download various drivers. No explanation on the website; you guess at which drive you need based on the description. It came with a USB Y cable, again with no explanation, and I had to do a web search to figure out why.

    That being said, it is manageable, as long as you have some basic computer skills and a little persistence.

    Bottom Line: Only compatible with windows 7 or earlier. The driver for this device was apparently designed for Windows 98 and absolutely will not work with windows 8 (I tried it on my windows 8 laptop). Even in windows 7 I had to install the driver in compatibility mode.

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    • GARY S.
    • Verified Owner

    4 out of 5 eggs Insten 2.5" External Enclosure

    Pros: Inexpensive, easy to install hard drive, uses standard USB male to male cable.

    Cons: A little flimsy.

    Bottom Line: This drive enclosure is definitely worth the money.

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