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I/O Magic USB 2.0 Enclosure for 3.5in. Hard Drive

I/O Magic USB 2.0 Enclosure for 3.5" Hard Drive

Item: 643061    Model: I35USBEN

I/O Magic USB 2.0 Enclosure for 3.5" Hard Drive
4.0stars
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  • Bus type: Hi-speed USB
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Hard drive form factor compatibility: 3.5"
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Bus type: Hi-speed USBMaterial: AluminumHard drive form factor compatibility: 3.5"EachI/O Magic USB 2.0 Enclosure for 3.5" Hard DriveBus type: Hi-speed USBMaterial: AluminumHard drive form factor compatibility: 3.5"I/O Magic USB 2.0 Enclosure for 3.5" Hard Drive39.99USDhttp://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0145767_sc7?$std$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0145767_sc7?$thb$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0145767/I-O-Magic-USB-20-Enclosure-for-35-Hard-Drive/product_643061
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I/O Magic USB 2.0 Enclosure for 3.5" Hard Drive
 
4.0

(based on 206 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (95)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (60)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (119)
  • Easy to use (118)
  • Quiet (80)
  • Attractive (75)
  • Compact (51)

Cons

  • Unreliable (14)
  • Runs hot (10)

Best Uses

  • Additional storage (99)
  • Back-up (93)
  • File transfer (80)
  • Photo storage (48)
  • Video (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (69), Power user (68), Quality oriented (19), Budget shopper (14)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (148), Business (23)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (48)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

So easy and fast to use

We bought this to transfer an old computer's contents onto to save to with my new computer without downloading everything onto the new computer. It was and is so easy to use. I just...Read complete review

We bought this to transfer an old computer's contents onto to save to with my new computer without downloading everything onto the new computer. It was and is so easy to use. I just use it as an external hard drive with the old pictures and documents at my fingertips if I need them. I was afraid all my old documents and files were lost when I had problems with the old computer but the I/O magic USB Hard Drive took all the data and stored it perfectly. We may be buying another as a backup for my husbands computer.

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Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Questionable IDE Enclosure

This was purchased for the use of swapping out old IDE drives for me to work on other people's PCs. Instead, I find out that I may have to purchase another since this one...Read complete review

This was purchased for the use of swapping out old IDE drives for me to work on other people's PCs. Instead, I find out that I may have to purchase another since this one is NOW being occupied by one of my old IDE drives which I use to boot the Linux system and enter the client's computer securely.

The first drive did not fit well at all. It was a bit thicker and was tough as nails to slide in. The result: the back panel snapped off, unplugging a contact. My luck, nothing was broken, but the panel is permanently unattached and is only secured when I place the screws in. ---(view image where my fingers are visible, pointing out the latch and lip that wouldn't have held the panel in the first place, but may have been glued)--- I shaved the internal connecting cables when they bent upwards, and had to force the back panel shut.

Booted, accessed the drive, found out what it was, everything was great, turned off, and TRIED to get the drive out. This I had to do by unscrewing the face plate (that blue-window-like design... there's no light illuminating that) and pushing the drive out. This is when I noticed a bit of an inward warp down the center of one of the enclosure. I bent it out then put the next one in.

The drive fit perfectly. After "warming" the connecting cable/wiring by rubbing them, I managed to mold it where it would flex better and not get shaved this time. Installation was much better. The other drive was obviously a behemoth since all other drives I have inserted had not given me issues, and I even tried again to get that first one in with horrible results.

Even though 5 out of 6 drives installed fine, the wiring... because this being internally IDE... and flimsy back panel make this convenient enclosure a "don't-swap-me-out-too-often" product. I believe the wear and tear on the connectors and wiring will quickly show itself after a few more installations. Obviously, since I can no longer PULL the back panel, but have to have the front panel open so I can PUSH the drive out.

I recommend this to most people who NEED to get information off a IDE drive (in other words, desperate), but want to warn those that do regular swaps to watch out for the wear, tear, and damage that they may incur. Be very very careful with the back panel. Until something more durable comes around (IDE to USB/SATA are hard to come by), this will have to do for now.

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5.0

Did just what it's supposed to do

By hmBoston

from Boston, MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about I/O Magic USB 2.0 Enclosure for 3.5" Hard Drive:

My son bought this when his PC crashed and he needed to access data immediately. He used the drive and easily transferred all his data to another PC. He found the device easy to use and efficient.

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4.0

I/O Magic USB 2.0 for 3.5 Hard Drive

By Kevin

from Florida

Verified Buyer

Comments about I/O Magic USB 2.0 Enclosure for 3.5" Hard Drive:

Seems to work fine and is real nice size to fit on desk or table and small enough to be extremely easy to be portably carried.

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5.0

Great enclosure at a good price

By Jimmy Mac

from Maine

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about I/O Magic USB 2.0 Enclosure for 3.5" Hard Drive:

I bought this enclosure to come a small hard drive to a new layer drive. It was simple to mount the drive and was instantly recognized in Windows and by my Linux utility disk. It served its purpose well. The ability to mount IDE or SATA drives is a definite plus. I would recommend this drive enclosure to anyone.

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4.0

Easy to set up and use

By Just a User

from Rochester, NY

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Comments about I/O Magic USB 2.0 Enclosure for 3.5" Hard Drive:

I often need to pass data from one hard drive to another hard drive. The issues I face are lack of a network, unwillingness to open the case of the destination, and/or lack of available IDE port to connect the drive. This unit did exactly what I needed and did it without muss or fuss. I got the drive out of the old system and connected it to the box within 2 minutes. Once connected to the destination system, it was found by the OS without issue and then in no time at all, the data was transferred.

Good and sturdy unit.

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4.0

This is exactly what I needed

By MichaelMSW

from Tillamook, OR

Verified Buyer

Comments about I/O Magic USB 2.0 Enclosure for 3.5" Hard Drive:

I was pleased to find this item at the brick and mortar store when I went in to make my purchase. This tool will be useful to continue to use my EIDE drives that are no longer supported by my new motherboard and also for future SATA drives as I retire the EIDE units. The price is good, and the kit has everything I needed to make full use of the device upon purchase.

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