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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 Drive41.99USDhttp://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 212 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (101)

  • 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

very easy to set up

By mr833

from new jersey

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

case is very solid, took me only a few min. to hookup the old drive to the unit.. plugged it in and I was all set and ready to find the old info I was looking for on the old drive. my windows 8 system found the drive right away. no problems there

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5.0

I/O Magic USB 2.0 Enclosure for 3.5" Har

By Dennis

from Titusville FL,

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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:

This is one solid product. The enclosure has all the tools you need including both IDE and SATA cables and even a small screwdriver. The instructions are very clear and assembly is a breeze. After placing my old EMachine Win98 IDE hard drive into the hard drive enclosure and connecting it to my new DELL Windows 7 laptop, my laptop recognized the hard drive in the enclosure almost immediately -- no complications at all. I was able to retrieve via the hard enclosure old picture files, music files, etc. that I hadn't been able to see and play in several years and frankly all but considered the files on the old hard drive unrecoverable until I purchased this enclosure. Certainly was a smart buy and good decision to purchase this product. Can't say enough how easy the whole process was. I'm confident you will be pleased with this product if you purchase one

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5.0

I/O Magic

By stratdonn

from Hobbs, NM

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

I bought this to get some data files out of a drive from a computer that has quit working. The installation of my old drive was very easy and everything exactly as expected.

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5.0

I/O Magic USB 2.0 Enclosure for 3.5" Har

By Dennis

from Titusville FL,

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

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

        The I/O Magic Terabank 3.5" USB 2.0 Aluminum External Dual SATA HDD Enclosure is just about what is advertised. I used two sata drive (not terabyte size) to place in the enclosure and they worked well. One drive I could see and the other I could not see. I went to control panel and brought up disk management, and formatted the unseen drive and it came up.

        Even though I had two drives in one enclosure I saw two distinct drives on "My computer" screen. I ran the drive for about an hour and it got pretty hot, hotter then I would like two drives loaded with data. I took one dtive out and left the larger one in and the enclosure run cool for over two hours. I would not operate two drives in this enclosure.

        I did not see insructions in the box the enclosure came in, I might have just discarded then by mistake.

        It took me some time to figure out how to open the case. I did not find any instructions on the Internet. This enclosure comes with two plastic bands, one across the top and one across the bottom of the enclosure. Looking at the back side of the drive you will see a small notch at the top of the enclosure, just place a screw driver in it and twist, the band will snap right out. Turn the enclosure upside down and do the same thing. The front part of the enclosure will pop right out and you simple line up the sata drive/drives and insert in, make sure the drive snaps into the sata part of the enclosure.

        with one drive I find this case runs cool and silent. The Blue lights along the side are both on, one on top and one in the bottom, and they are both on even with just one drive in the enclosure.

        • Are you connected to this product in any way?:
        • I received a free sample.

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        5.0

        Easy and seamless

        By Alinsm

        from West LA

        Verified Buyer

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

        Had to replace my old enclosure and this was so much easier to put together. It has sleek clean look to it with a stand that comes with it.

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