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Turn Your 2.5-inch HDD Into a USB 3.0 External Drive

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This enclosure from Super Talent will turn your 2.5-inch HDD into a USB-based external drive.

Thursday Super Talent revealed the USB 3.0 Storage POD enclosure, a hard drive enclosure that converts almost any 2.5-inch HDD into a USB 3.0 external hard disk. This device is relatively cheap and easy to install, requiring only two screws and less than 5 minutes to complete.

"Chances are you already have an external USB drive and its USB 2.0 connector is holding it back," the company said. "The USB 2.0 bus keeps most drives from performing at their true potential and relegates their usage to simple storage backup. Now you can do something about it. By simply changing the enclosure, you can liberate your existing HDD and see double and even triple the speed - without reformatting. "

To install, users simply cram any 2.5-inch SATA HDD into the USB 3.0 Storage POD enclosure. A specially designed rubber grommet surrounds the drive and holds it firm to provide adequate protection against shock and vibrations. To finish, just close the cover and apply the two screws.

Currently the actual release date is unknown, but the enclosure will retail for $29 USD when it hits the market. The package will include the enclosure itself, cables and a simple instruction manual. The company also offers an identical enclosure but with a 2.5-inch HDD already installed for $71 USD, which can be purchased here and at other online retailers.

USB 3.0 Storage POD Enclosure

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    N.Broekhuijsen , October 2, 2011 10:12 AM
    Erm, what??

    It's a USB 3.0 enclosure, why is this newsworthy? Seriously, these devices have been on the market for ages, by many different manufacturers, what makes this one special enough to be newsworthy?

    I sense advertising money...
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    molo9000 , October 2, 2011 10:48 AM
    Either money or a hot blonde marketing representative.
    Hope it was worth it :) 
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    N.Broekhuijsen , October 2, 2011 10:12 AM
    Erm, what??

    It's a USB 3.0 enclosure, why is this newsworthy? Seriously, these devices have been on the market for ages, by many different manufacturers, what makes this one special enough to be newsworthy?

    I sense advertising money...
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    molo9000 , October 2, 2011 10:48 AM
    Either money or a hot blonde marketing representative.
    Hope it was worth it :) 
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    zybch , October 2, 2011 11:10 AM
    Like xbeater says, this is a (very) simple (rather expensive) USB3 enclosure.

    I've been doing this with my old notebook and desktop drives since well before SATA existed and have a bunch of old 40 and 60 gig drives from dead notebooks in cases for those times when a flash drive isn't large enough.
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    cookoy , October 2, 2011 11:14 AM
    by this time i think all new laptops should have at least a usb 3.0 port but they don't
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    N.Broekhuijsen , October 2, 2011 11:23 AM
    cookoyby this time i think all new laptops should have at least a usb 3.0 port but they don't

    Yh, well, at least we have backward compatibility.
    Besides, I just boughta 1TB 2.5 inch USB3 Drive yesterday, from WD, nifty little thing, goes fast on the USB3 (~ 100 read / ~ 80 write ) from what I see. Cost me just 75 Euro new, so I fail to see the point of these enclosures. Few years ago it was cheaper, but now, not so much.
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    Filiprino , October 2, 2011 12:08 PM
    I prefer eSATA.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , October 2, 2011 1:14 PM
    Quote:
    laptop sucks... 3 usb, power-up 2 cables usb and get one port for something.

    i dont get a motherboard with support usb3 our pcie. 3.0 either i dont have the money for that.

    usb 3.0 have a greater improviments over the usb 2.0 but for now is really expansive.

    Not really, A USB3 adapter is pretty standard in motherboards these days, and if you don't have it yet, its like 20 bucks, still nothing:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815124102

    And the external drives themselves are adopting the USB 3.0 standard as well, finally, and they pretty much come at the same price point as the older USB 2.0 drives.

    So stop your whining if you haven't got your facts straight
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    reggieray , October 2, 2011 2:46 PM
    Bah, $29, your being ripped off. Go to Newegg or Tiger Direct, they have tons of 2.5" and 3.5" enclosures to choose from.
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    ravewulf , October 2, 2011 4:35 PM
    I wouldn't mind these so much if it was openly and honestly stated it was an advertising deal
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    tachi1247 , October 2, 2011 8:00 PM
    The real question is does it support SATA 6 gb/s so I can hook up an SSD. Current SSD models can't saturate USB 3.0 so there is no performance loss.
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    Anonymous , October 2, 2011 10:55 PM
    So, if this article is bought and paid for, I'm going to assume when Bulldozer gets reviewed on nothing but ICC compiled benchmarks, that somebody also bought and paid for that article.

    For those of you that don't believe the tech media is that crooked:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4486/server-rendering-hpc-benchmark-session

    So, you have a bunch of sensationalist graphs of 2 different benchmarks showing AMD getting stomped. They eventually admit halfway through the article that one of the benchmarks is compiled with ICC, Intel's own compiler, but fail to admit that the other is ALSO compiled with ICC. However, nobody with a life is going to read the entire article, so the point is that you'll skim over the graphs and see AMD getting stomped, and be brainwashed into thinking that Xeon has a real-world performance advantage over Magny-Cours Opterons, which it does not.
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    jsc , October 3, 2011 3:22 AM
    reggierayBah, $29, your being ripped off. Go to Newegg or Tiger Direct, they have tons of 2.5" and 3.5" enclosures to choose from.

    But not USB3.
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    eddieroolz , October 3, 2011 10:03 AM
    Erm, frankly this is nothing new
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    Anonymous , October 3, 2011 10:54 AM
    @jsc: Yeah, but for $20 more you can buy a USB3 enclosure that comes with an actual 500GB drive in it. This article makes the ridiculous assumption that you have a decent 2.5" drive laying around and would want to invest $30 more in it.

    I don't know about you, but the only 2.5" HDDs I have laying around are crappy old 40GB ones that couldn't saturate USB2 bandwidth anyways. The only thing lamer than that enclosure is this article.
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    archange , October 3, 2011 11:11 AM
    I have a similar enclosure from ST-Lab for $24. Been using it since spring. This news article is surprising in being no news at all...

    Reminded me of your April 1st prank news :) 
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    flclkun , October 3, 2011 1:01 PM
    30 bucks for a USB3 enclosure? I'll give it another 6 months when the tech is standard across the board. It's tech i don't need to have right now.
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    Anonymous , October 3, 2011 1:07 PM
    Really smart looking case... just a beautiful design... ya where've I seen that before... black back/front, silver/metal bezel... can't put my finger on it.

    Gimme a break.
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    alyoshka , October 3, 2011 2:43 PM
    What's new about this???
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    CeedoFan , October 4, 2011 12:27 AM
    Quote:
    Erm, what??

    It's a USB 3.0 enclosure, why is this newsworthy? Seriously, these devices have been on the market for ages, by many different manufacturers, what makes this one special enough to be newsworthy?

    I sense advertising money...


    Seems like you have made a number of posts with the same allegation.

    It looks pretty cool to me. Which video are you watching? This drive claims to have a metal frame and a rubber insert, making it way different than the cheap enclosures on New Egg.

    I want one and I am not paying any advertising to anyone. I wonder how fast it can go. Can I put an SSD in it?