The 10 Best Hard Drive Enclosures Reviews

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The experts’ team researched over 50 of the best hard drive enclosures before testing 10 of the best options on the market today. Each hard drive enclosures was tested extensively before it came to the market.

To help you find the hard drive enclosures, we spent many hours researching a long list of the hard drive enclosures models on the market. To find the best hard drive enclosures, you’ll want to determine the right features for you and your needs. Regardless of style preferences, we recommend looking for a durable one with high-quality material and features. Our evaluation focused on the features, quality, price, performance, and more we explained below. Listed below are the top-rated [replace_keywords] that will satisfy all of your needs. Keep reading to learn more about our top picks.

 

Top 10 Best   hard drive enclosures: Editor’s Choice

 

Top 10 Best hard drive enclosures Reviews for This Year

With a dizzying array of new hard drive enclosures to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to the essential characteristics you should consider when making your choice. After selecting the most popular products available for research, we combined our research results with our experience to create a comprehensive, unbiased top ten hard drive enclosures review. We divided our research into some effective metrics to determine the best. These metrics include:

  • Quality
  • Design
  • Material
  • Price
  • Value
  • Functionality
  • Versatility
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Performance
  • Return policy
  • Customer service policy, and more.

How important each metric is to you depends on your preferences and the intended use. To utilize our in-depth assessments to the fullest, focus on the products that score the best in the performance metrics you care about most.

1. Vantec NexStar TX 3.5″ USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (NST-328S3-BK )

Features :

  • Adopt UASP to enhance maximum performance for latest Windows OS
  • No drivers needed (NDN) for Windows OS and OSx
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1
  • Converts 3.5” SATA HDD/SSD into an external Hard Drive for ultimate mobility and convenience
  • Flexibility to put your own hard drive. (Hard drive not included in package)

Additional Info :

Item Dimensions
Height 1.2
Width 4.5
Length 8
Weight 0.9

2. SABRENT 2.5-Inch SATA to USB 3.0 Tool-Free External Hard Drive Enclosure [Optimized for SSD, Support UASP SATA III] Black (EC-UASP)

Features :

  • Tool free design, easy to install,Transfer Rates Up to 480 Mbps when connected to a USB 2.0 port,Transfer Rates Up to 5 Gbps when connected to a USB 3.0 port.
  • Suitable for 2.5” SATA/SSD; Supports Standard Notebook 2.5″ SATA and SATA II Hard drives
  • Optimized for SSD, Supports UASP SATA III,Backwards-Compatible with USB 2.0 or 1.1
  • Hot-swappable, plug and play, no drivers needed
  • Operating System: Supported Operating Systems: Mac,Windows;Supported Windows Versions: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP; Supported Mac Versions: Mac OS X and Higher

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 0.59
Width 2.91
Length 5.31
Weight 0.125
Release Date 2018-09-01T00:00:01Z

3. SABRENT USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Lay-Flat Docking Station for 2.5 or 3.5in HDD, SSD [Support UASP and 20TB] (EC-DFLT)

Features :

  • Supports all 2.5 and 3.5-inch SATA drives
  • Connects via SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (up to 10x as fast as USB 2.0)
  • UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) support for even faster performance. UASP requires UASP capable host system
  • Serial ATA bus up to 6Gbps Signal bandwidth for fast storage backups
  • This Docking station comes with a free download of Acronis True Image for Sabrent software for easy cloning

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 4.8
Width 1.6
Length 7.09
Weight 0.46875
Release Date 2020-01-01T00:00:01Z

4. UGREEN 2.5″ Hard Drive Enclosure USB 3.0 to SATA III for 2.5 Inch SSD & HDD 9.5mm 7mm External Hard Drive Case Support Max 6TB with UASP Compatiable with WD Seagate Toshiba Samsung Hitachi-Black

Features :

  • 2.5″ External Hard Drive Enclosure: Easily connects your 2.5 inch SSD & HDD to PC, laptop, PS4, or Xbox for data transfer or expanding storage. It protects the hard disk from outside scratches and makes SATA hard drive portable for data storage. It is awesome for booting up old HDD/SSD and recovering important files from broken PC.
  • 5Gbps with UASP Accelerated: The maximum data transfer speed of the USB 3.0 interface is 5Gbps. The SATA interface of this enclosure supports UASP accelerated transmission protocol, 70% Faster than conventional USB 3.0 when connected to a computer that also supports UASP. Backward compatible with USB 2.0 or 1.1 ports.
  • Easy Installation: Tool-free installation, plug & play, no driver is needed for this SATA enclosure. Just push out the cover, plug in the drive, close the cover and go. Hot-swap supported. No request for extra power supply. Please click the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon on your PC first then unplug it to avoid data loss when complete usage.
  • Secure Hard Drive Friendly: The blue LED indicator lets you know the working status easily. The attached EVA foams inside protect your hard disks from improper shaking and scratches. With a detachable 30cm cable, it is quite flexible to connect and take along. Note: If there are screws on your hard drive, you should remove them. Otherwise, it will not fit into our enclosure.
  • Universal Compatibility: Supports Windows, LINUX, Mac OS 8.0, and above systems. Designed for 2.5 inch 7mm /9.5mm SATA HDD & SSD up to 6TB. Compatible with WD, Seagate, Toshiba, Hitachi, Samsung, Crucial, SSD and HDD with SATA port and so on.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 0.55118
Width 3.22834
Length 5.03936
Weight 0.2866009406

5. UGREEN External Hard Drive Enclosure for 3.5 2.5 Inch SATA SSD HDD USB 3.0 to SATA III Hard Drive Case with UASP 12V Power Adapter Compatible with WD Seagate Toshiba Samsung Hitachi PS4 Xbox

Features :

  • 3.5″ External Hard Drive Enclosure: Easily connects your 3.5 /2.5 inch hard drive to a PC, laptop, and other devices for massive data transfer and portable storage. It protects the hard disk from outside scratches and maximizes the use of your 3.5″ /2.5″ HDD and SSD again, offering comprehensive protection for your valuable data.
  • 5Gbps with UASP Accelerated: The maximum data transfer speed of the USB 3.0 interface is 5Gbps. Transfer 1GB files in seconds, saving up the loading time to do more. Plus UASP accelerated transmission protocol, making it 70% faster than conventional USB 3.0 when connected to a computer that also supports UASP. Backward compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 ports.
  • Universal Compatibility: Supports Windows 10 /8.1 /7, LINUX, Mac OS 8.0, and above systems. Specially designed for 3.5 inch /2.5 inch SATA III /II /I HDD SSD up to 16TB. Compatible with WD, Seagate, Toshiba, Hitachi, Samsung, Crucial, SSD and HDD with SATA port and so on. It can use on the hard drive of PS4, PS4 Pro, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, and play more games stored in a SATA drive, ideal for entertaining and gaming.
  • Easy Installation: Plug and play with tool-free installation, no driver needed. Just push out the cover, plug in the drive, close the cover, plug the DC power adapter and go. Ensure a stable and reliable energy supply for massive data transfer. Please click the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon on your PC first then unplug it to avoid data loss when complete use.
  • Premium Design for Better Protection: Build with premium ABS material with solid construction to hold the hard drive firmly, the soft rubber strip provides anti-shock protection and the pre-set heat emission holes at the bottom for excellent heat dissipation. The auto sleep mode helps to extend the lifespan of your hard drives.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 1.37795
Width 4.60629
Length 7.59841

6. WAVLINK USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure for 2.5 inch 5mm/7mm/9.5mm SATA I/II/III HDD/SSD Support UASP Function, Max 4TB Tool-Free Design

Features :

  • Supports USB 3.0 external, SATA-I/II/III internal; Works great with 2.5 inch 5mm/ 7mm/9.5mm/ SATA HDD/SSD. Supports transfer speeds up to 6Gbps by UASP transfer protocol, which is up to 20% faster than USB 3.0.
  • Tool-free installation allows users to install and unmount within 3 seconds at ease, hot-swapping supported, plug and play. NOTE: Some 2.5-inch HDD require 12v voltage input, this product only supports 5v output to the HDD, please check before using.
  • Fashionable & Artistic Modeling, APS plastic material Excellent cooling performance, easy set up for you
  • No drivers are required for the disk dock itself as it uses the standard USB Mass Storage class support already provided in Windows 10 through XP, Mac OS X, and Linux / Unix
  • What in the box: 1 x 2.5 inch hard drive enclosure- 1x micro B to usb 3.0 cable 0.7 meter- 1 x Instruction Manual

Additional Info :

Color USB 3.0
Item Dimensions
Height 1.2204724397
Width 3.2283464534
Length 5.3149606245

7. ORICO Toolfree 3.5” External Hard Drive Enclosure with 12V Power Adapter for 3.5 2.5 Inch SATA HDD SSD,USB 3.0 to SATA HDD Dock Case Support UASP Up to 16TB-3588US3

Features :

  • Supports: Most 3.5 inch SATA I, II, III HDD or SSD up to 16TB (Max); Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Unix Desktops or Laptops;Support UASP.
  • Featuring: Tool free installation; Plug and Play; No Reboot and Driver needed; USB 3.0 connection offers data transfer rates of up To 5 Gbps.
  • Technical: Material: ABS plastic + Metal; Data transfer port: USB 3.0+SATA III; Support capacity: 16TB; Power adapter: 12V2A
  • Stable: A shock-proof sponge is installed on the bottom cap of the hard drive enclosure making the hard drive more stable and safer.
  • What’s In the Box: 1x USB 3.0 3.5 Inch HDD External Enclosure; 1x 12V/2A US Power Adapter; 1x USB 3.0 Data Cable; 1x User Manual; 1x Service Card.

Additional Info :

Color Black USB 3.0
Item Dimensions
Height 1.2204724397
Width 4.6456692866
Length 7.6377952678
Weight 0.88

8. UGREEN 2.5″ Hard Drive Enclosure USB C 3.1 Gen 2 to SATA III 6Gbps for SSD HDD 9.5 7mm External Hard Drive Disk Case with UASP Compatible with WD Seagate Toshiba Samsung Hitachi PS4 Xbox Router

Features :

  • Portable External Storage — UGREEN 2.5″ hard drive enclosure can easily connect your 2.5 Inch SSD&HDD to a PC, laptop, game console, router for data transfer. It protects the hard disk from outside scratches and makes SATA hard drive portable for data storage. Maximize the use of your 2.5″ HDD and SSD again, perfectly protecting what you love and cherish.
  • 6Gbps UASP Super Speed — The SATA interface of this enclosure supports 6Gbps max transfer speed and UASP accelerated transmission protocol, 70% Faster than traditional USB 3.0, backward compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 ports.
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 Port — The USB port of this enclosure is standard USB C 3.1 Gen 2 which provides ultra-fast data transfer speed up to 10Gbps. The (7+15)Pin SATA III supports max 6Gbps. Therefore the max speed of this enclosure is 6Gbps. 【Only USB-A to UAB-C Cable included】
  • Universal Compatibility — UGREEN Hard Drive Enclosure supports Windows, LINUX, Mac OS 8.0 and above systems. Specially designed for 2.5 inch HDD and SSD up to 6TB with the thickness of 7mm/9.5mm. Compatible with Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, Samsung, Kingston, Crucial, Hitachi, etc. 2.5″ SATA SSD HDD.
  • Easy Installation, Friendly Design — Plug and play with tool-free installation, no driver needed. The LED indicator lets you know the working status easily. The attached soft EVA foams inside protect your hard disks from improper shaking and scratches. With the detachable USB-A to USB-C cable (50cm), it is quite flexible to connect and take along. 【USB-C to USB-C cable is Not Included】

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 0.5
Width 3.3
Length 5.04
Weight 0.19400679056

9. ORICO 2.5” External Hard Drive Enclosure USB 3.0 to SATA III Tool-Free Clear Hard Disk Case for 2.5 inch 7mm 9.5mm SATA HDD SSD Max 6TB Support UASP(2139U3)

Features :

  • Easy to See Which Drive Inside – ORICO 2.5 hard drive enclosure made of high-quality transparent crystal PC material. The clear ssd case design allows you to see the inside drive without opening it.
  • Portable Hard Drive Enclosure – ORICO external hard drive case can easily hook up your old 2.5inch SATA I/II/III hard drive to transfer files from one PC to another PC, laptop, PS4 or as a USB external hard drive. A 50cm USB-A cable is included for flexible connection and portability.
  • Super Easy to Use – Tool free installation. Plug & Play, No driver needed for this SATA enclosure. Just push out the cover, plug in the drive, close the cover and go. Hot-Swappable. The blue LED indicator to let you know the working status of this hard disk enclosure easily.
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 with UASP – The SATA interface of the 2.5 ssd enclosure supports UASP SATA III transmission protocol, which is 70% faster than traditional USB3.0. The maximum data transfer rate of the USB 3.0 interface is 5Gbps. Backward compatible with USB 2.0 or 1.1 ports.
  • Wide Compatibility – This ORICO SATA hdd enclosure helps to connect your 2.5inch SATA I/II/III hard drive SSD to PC, Laptop, TV and PS4. The hard drive enclosure is suitable for 2.5 inch 7mm/9.5mm 6TB solid hard drives, and is compatible with Windows, LINUX and Mac OS and above systems.

Additional Info :

Color Transparent
Item Dimensions
Height 0.5118110231
Width 3.1102362173
Length 4.9212598375
Weight 0.22

10. SABRENT USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Lay-Flat Docking Station with Built-in Cooling Fan for 2.5 or 3.5in HDD, SSD [Support UASP and 20TB] (EC-DFFN)

Features :

  • Supports Standard Desktop 2.5″/3.5″ SATA Hard Drives.
  • Keep your drives running cool, with Built-in cooling fan.
  • Hot-swappable, plug and play, no drivers needed.
  • Serial ATA bus up to 6Gbps Signal bandwidth for fast storage backups
  • Reverse compatible with USB 1.1 & USB 2.0.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 1.88976
Width 4.88188
Length 7.24408
Weight 0.5625
Release Date 2019-05-31T00:00:01Z

The Best hard drive enclosures Buying Guide

You may have a special project that requires a hard drive enclosures. If you don’t already know which is the best one, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the selection available. We’re here to help! We’ve compiled this buying guide, which has everything you need to choose the right product for your needs. Read on to discover the best and how to spot a fake.

Here are a few tips to consider before making a purchase:

  • Find a good quality product: The quality of the product is important. You want to ensure that it will work perfectly and last for years, so buy high-quality products only.
  • Take a close look at durability: If the product doesn’t last long, then what’s the point of buying it? You need something that will last for years, so look for user experiences and build.
  • Does the brand have a good reputation: Many brands are selling similar products, but it is important to know which ones are reputable and have good customer service if something goes wrong.
  • How do users feel about the product: Look at other users’ feedback on their experience with hard drive enclosures. This will give you an idea of how well it works and whether or not they think it was worth the money they spent on it.
  • Warranty policy: A warranty is a guarantee that if anything goes wrong with your product within a certain period. You can get it repaired or replaced without having to pay any extra charges or only pay a small fee.

When buying hard drive enclosures, you should consider the following factors:

What is the quality of the product?

If you want to buy hard drive enclosures that will last, you should look for quality before anything else. You should first look at the material used to make the product. You don’t want something that will fall apart after a few months of use. The best way to check the quality is by reading reviews from other users who have already tried out the product. If they say that it’s worth buying, then it probably is. Quality can also be checked by looking at the price of the item. If it’s too cheap, there is likely something wrong with it.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the hard drive enclosures is also very important because it will determine how much money you will spend on it. You can either buy cheap or expensive products depending on how much money you have in your pocket. If you don’t have enough money, buying cheap products instead of expensive ones is better because they can still serve their purpose without costing too much.

Does it have a good build to last for a long time?

The durability of the hard drive enclosures can be affected by the materials used to make it and how well it is constructed. Make sure that it can withstand rough use and abuse without getting damaged. If it cannot withstand rough handling or use, then it is not durable at all and hence should not be bought by anyone who wants something that lasts long and has good quality!

How much can you afford?

When buying hard drive enclosures, consider your budget first. Think about how much money you want to spend on hard drive enclosures and what type of return on investment (ROI) you want from it. For example, if you buy a cheap hard drive enclosures that breaks down quickly, your ROI will be very low — perhaps even negative! But if you buy a good hard drive enclosures in the first place, they may last longer and provide more value over time. This may seem obvious, but many people don’t think about these things when shopping for things like hard drive enclosures.

Does the brand well-known?

Before buying a high-end product, it’s crucial to look for the brand. Does the brand have a good reputation for quality and service? A quick search on the internet should reveal if there are any known issues with the brand and its products. Once you’ve verified the brand’s good reputation, it’s time to consider the purchasing model.

Customer service

Customer service plays a vital role in your buying decision. Suppose you face any issue with your product within the warranty period. In that case, you can always contact the customer service team of that company or directly go to their website for any query related to your purchase.

Analysis and Test Results

To find cutting-edge hard drive enclosures, we developed several practical evaluations highlighting the tools that excel in specific tasks and those that lean more towards general use. These evaluations inform the metrics or the particular categories that collectively describe a quality tool and products. These categories are grip, sturdiness, convenience, and designs. The following is a detailed description of the evaluations and the best performers.

Sturdiness

Quality of hard drive enclosures design and construction can go a long way in mitigating the risk of injury. Our sturdiness metric looks at the manufacturing tolerances, as seen in the fit of parts and the action of moving components. Construction material is also assessed. We took apart the hard drive enclosureswhen possible to see if parts could be tightened or replaced, as even the best equipment wears and requires maintenance.

Convenience

What’s the point of having an hard drive enclosures if it’s not convenient to use? The main features that make a hard drive enclosures convenient are onboard storage, changing tools, and smooth operation. This latter point is particularly crucial with hard drive enclosures, where a one-handed opening can be challenging.

Conclusion

This review covers the best hard drive enclosures on the market. Our beloved friends from techgearlab made countless cuts of common materials ranging from garden hoses to rubber moulding, from sheetrock to wooden dowels, and from tubular webbing to braided rope. These practical tasks clearly showed each tool’s preferred use and which models were built for heavy use. Given our information, we hope you have had all your questions answered so you can cut through the marketing crud with confidence.

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