Hard drive storage may not be as popular in the day of mobile devices, but anyone using a desktop computer knows that there can never be enough space. But with that in mind, adding a hard drive to a PC can be frustrating and annoying due to having to make sure you have the exact parts needed — what size hard drive is needed for the drive enclosure in the computer, what connection cables are needed, what kind of connector cables for an external drive? Bringing all of this together in one product comes Rosewill’s 2.5″ Internal/External HDD Enclosure (RX204). A long name for sure but then it does a lot.
Start with wanting an external drive that has USB 3.0 capabilities for a fast transfer of data. Instead of having to go out and buy a drive whole, now that you’ve the RX204, all you need is a 2.5” hard drive of your choice — be that mechanical with a rotating platter or a solid-state model (akin to that used in today’s smartphones and tablets). Then you take the RX204 and assemble it together (yes the manual can help here though the process is straightforward) so that the drive can be inserted inside and kept in place (a screw kit being provided). With the drive’s connectors inserted, what you have now is an external hard drive — just attach the included USB 3.0 cable to the RX204 and then seat it next to the PC and insert the cable’s other end into a USB 3.0 input (power being supplied along with the data transfer by the input).
For internal use, things get a bit more complicated but only just a bit. Is the PC’s hard drive bay designed for a 3.5” or a 5.25” space? Doesn’t matter, because both kind of bay adapters come with the RX204 — just attach the correct one to the computer and you’re ready to rock, of course you have to make the (included) power and data connections also but again all the parts are there so you’re not making a trip anywhere for screws or adapters and the instructions “talk” you through the process. Besides anyone doing this has the basic knowledge needed and the common sense to of course disconnect the PC’s power plug first and take static electricity into account. Obviously the internal use provides for a faster data transfer speed, but you also get the option for “hot swappable” drives, as a button will eject/remove the enclosure for changing over to another one or should you wish to later upgrade the hard drive and so need to do a swap.
Through the use of the Rosewill 2.5″ Internal/External HDD Enclosure, you’re getting USB 3.0 speed when it’s used as an external drive, and SATA III speeds when used internally. $45.99 isn’t too much to pay for what it does.