When you head off for your vacation, do you take precautions to protect your external hard drive when you travel? A loose hard drive is an accident waiting to happen but even a drive that is secured in an enclosure can use some extra protection from knocks and bounces in the car or turbulence in the air. Inateck has drive enclosures for your bare drive and Protective Hard Shell Cases to keep your drive and data safe.
The latest wisdom on hard drives is that short of destroying them with a sledgehammer, it is still possible for your data to be recovered if someone wants it badly enough. I can’t bring myself to smash a working hard drive just to throw it in the trash so I find a suitable drive enclosure and use it as an external backup or storage device.
Inateck produces a variety of different drive enclosures in sizes, colors, and with features to suit your needs. They very kindly sent me their new FE2005S 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 Hard Disk External Drive Enclosure for review as well as their 2.5″ HDD Hard Shell Zipper Case for hard drives.
Inateck 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure
Hard drive enclosures have been around for quite a while but traditionally they have had an installation process that involves connecting cables and securing the drive and the case with an assembly of screws. If you’re going to leave the drive in the case long term, this is not really an issue but it’s a pain if you swap drives out of the case with any frequency. The Inateck FE2005S Drive Enclosure requires no tools, screws or data cables. Just slide open the case, insert your SATA or SSD drive into the space so the connections on the back of the drive line up with the connections in the case and gently push the drive into the enclosure and close it. Plug the included USB 3.0 cable into the port on the enclosure and a USB 3.0 port on your computer. Flip the power switch on the FE2005S. Your external drive will be detected by the computer in a few seconds and you can use the drive just as you would any other hard drive. In less than a minute you can turn that internal hard drive into an external drive for portable storage or backups with the super fast speed of USB 3.0.
- 1x Inateck USB 3.0 HDD External Enclosure
- 1x USB3.0 data cable
- 1x User Manual
I inserted my 2.5″ Fujitsu 120 GB SATA drive into the enclosure. It required no force or tools and slid right into the data and power connections. It was immediately recognized by the Windows 7 and ready to use. The power switch near the USB port on the end of the enclosure powers the drive on and off and a small light will indicate any drive activity. The light will be blue for USB 3.0 and white for USB 2.0. The enclosure and cable are USB 3.0 but are backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1.
The Inateck FE2005S enclosure is fully optimized for SSD drives with the UASP Transfer Protocol that can accelerate read and write speed of SSD hard disks, as long as the controller to which it is attached supports it and has it enabled.
- Constructed of top-grade Jmicron JMS567 chipset
- Direct conversion of SATA-III to USB 3.
- HDD LED activity indicator
- Compatible with 2.5” SATA HDD SSD drives up to 9.5 mm thick including SATA-I, SATA-II, SATA-III, SATA HDD and SSD
- Super Speed USB 3.0 with Speeds up to 5 Gbps, Ten times the speed of USB2.0
- Automatic sleep and spin down mode after 10 minutes of inactivity
- Hot Swap, Plug and Play, No Reboot or Additional Driver is needed
- Tool-Free setup
- Compatible with: Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 98, XP, Vista, Windows 7, and 8, as well as Mac OS 9.1, 10.8.4, and above
The Inateck FE2005S 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 Hard Disk External Drive Enclosure is available on Amazon for $16.99 with free shipping on orders over $35. Visit Inateck online to find out more about the FE2005S and their other innovative new drive enclosures.
Inateck 2.5″ Protective Hard Shell Zipper Case
A drive enclosure does protect the drive as it sits on your desk but if you carry the drive with you in your backpack or briefcase, an additional sturdy case will further protect your drive and data from bouncing around in transit. Inateck’s 2.5″ Protective Hard Shell Zipper Case will keep your external drive safe and protected from damage and dust.
- Color: Blue
- Dimensions: 6.7″ x 4.7″ x 1.2″ (17 cm x 12 cm x 3 cm)
- Water-repellent EVA materials
- Special double-layered protection for shock and shake resistance
- Compatible with most of the 2.5 inch portable hard drives and other digital devices, such as Camera , GPS , MP3 , MP4 , Earphone , External Battery Pack etc
This sturdy, hard shell case has a wraparound zipper with an easy-pull rubber tab. The case has a soft lining to protect the contents from scratches. It opens wide and flat for easy access to your drive and accessories. The left side of the case has a cargo mesh pocket which will hold your drive cable, flash drive, earbuds and other small accessories. The right side of the case has a wide elastic strap across the middle to securely hold your hard drive in place. It’s no surprise that it is the perfect fit for the FE2005S drive enclosure. which travels snug and secure in the zipper case.
The case is covered in a royal blue material with the sheen of nylon or polyester. The zipper and trim are in black which contrasts nicely with the blue. The soft lining, elastic, and cargo mesh inside the case are also black.
I can fully attest to the protective qualities of the hard shell case after my backpack tumbled down a partial flight of steps with my laptop and the hard drive case and drive enclosure inside. Fortunately the laptop was undamaged and the external hard drive was fully protected by the enclosure and the blue case. The hard shell case is available on Amazon for only $6.99 with free shipping on orders over $35. Accidents happen but $6.99 is a small price to pay to protect your hard drive and precious data from disaster. Visit Inateck online to see all the details on the hard shell case and their other options for protecting your hard drives.