Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 3 out of 5 by zargon5000 Good but seems bad for Macs
Build quality is to be expected for the price, flimsy metal but feels sturdy when screwed together.
OSX seems to have a problem mounting the disk occasionally. A work around is to plug it into a powered usb hub, go to disk utility and mount the drive manually from there. I wouldn't say this was fully compatible with OSX as advertised although it does work, just not very well.
02 May 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Lawro Works well, build could be better
I've tried this on several drives, old and new (10 years old up to a 2013 model), and they all worked great through either eSATA or USB 2.0 (cables are provided for both).
The SATA adaptor runs perfectly and appears to be of high quality - I've had no bugs or data transfer issues at all.
When it comes to the build of the case, this could be a bit better.
The aluminium base and lid are solid and do the trick as far as cooling goes, but the sides are flimsy and easily come out when the lid is off. Obviously this isn't a big problem considering you'd have the lid on with a drive inside, which you screw down anyway.
There are screw holes in the base to fix the drive in place, so no worry about it clunking around if you move it and accidentally unplug it from the SATA adapter inside.
The only thing I can't understand is the vast amount of excess space inside the enclosure - the lid doesn't even nearly touch the drive (there's about a 1cm gap) and I would've thought that it'd act as a heatsink, but clearly I was wrong, so not sure how much cooling is actually done by the case compared to the free air around the drive. There's also about half an inch to either side of the drive and about one-and-a-half at the back. Perhaps this is to allow for some non-standard hard drive models, but seems a little strange.
Still, at the end of the day it does what it says on the box and does it well, so can't complain too much for the price.
09 September 2013