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StarTech 3.5in Black USB 2.0 to IDE SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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StarTech 3.5in Black USB 2.0 to IDE SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 104 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 4.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Connection3.5   average
Cable2.7   below average


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Cable

Cable:
"Not so easy to assemble and the SATA cable was too short (had to buy another one), but once it was assembled it performed flawlessly."
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"I finally traced it down to a faulty IDE ribbon cable."
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"Thirdly, the device worked fine with two different SATA drives and Windows recognized them immediately (caveat the cable problem), but when I plugged in an IDE drive, it didn't work at all."
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"As a result, the sata data pins were damaged on two different orders of this product.1st Order:The product came and was missing the sata data cable."
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"The SATA connections are poor, cables too short and in the wrong configuration."
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"A little longer SATA cord would have been nice, but still works great."
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"There is a capacitor on top of the sata data cable port and it doesn't leave enough room to plug in the sata cable power cable without damaging the pins."
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"The instructions state to insert the drive label side up, however,if you are installing a SATA drive be warned the connectors are L shaped and and you will have to invert the drive to be able to connect them, the SATA cable is short and fairly rigid, therefore you cannot lay the drive flat and close the enclosure."
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"The signal and power cables on the control card are short and run over the top of the SATA plug, I only just managed to connect the SATA cable without damaging the other cables."
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Connection

Connection:
"Installing the two old hard drives into the new enclosure (one at a time of course) is very easy and connecting it to my new computer could not be easier."
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"The SATA connections are poor, cables too short and in the wrong configuration."
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"After about 8 months, it's gotten extermely intermittent in deciding whether USB should connect to main PC or fail."
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"Installing the hard drive into the case was easy, and the fact that it has both IDE and SATA connections inside lets me know that when I have a spare SATA drive in the future it would be an easy plug-and-play into the StarTech enclosure."
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"There are no major bells and whistles as far as over easy connectivity, fans, lights or anything else."
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"Also, it has an IDE connector which looks like it would connect with no problems if that is what you need it for."
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"The instructions state to insert the drive label side up, however,if you are installing a SATA drive be warned the connectors are L shaped and and you will have to invert the drive to be able to connect them, the SATA cable is short and fairly rigid, therefore you cannot lay the drive flat and close the enclosure."
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"The signal and power cables on the control card are short and run over the top of the SATA plug, I only just managed to connect the SATA cable without damaging the other cables."
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