Dual Sata HD Enclosure - (4TB is the maximum it will hold ie 2 x 2TB HD's) £16.49 @ Play - HotUKDeals
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USB 2.0 interface (compatible with USB 1.1)
Up to 480 Mbps data transfer rate
Supports two SATA hard drives
Supports SATA I and SATA II interface with data transfer rate of 1.5 - 3.0 Gbps
Hot Plug and Play
Heat dissipation through aluminium casing
Built-in 1.5" cooling fan
Contents:
3.5" USB 2.0 Aluminium External Dual SATA Hard Drive Enclosure
AC Adapter
Manual
USB Cable
Power Cord
Screw Pack
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[mod]#1
Not sure why you've added 4TB HD to the title? As this isn't a 4TB HD and is just the enclosure; I've not edited it out as I may be missing something but I did get excited at first thinking I was getting a 4TB HD for under £17; but I might edit a bit if I were you though; then again, I am easily confused

Edited By: andywedge on Sep 10, 2010 20:55: -
banned#2
andywedge
Not sure why you've added 4TB HD to the title? As this isn't a 4TB HD and is just the enclosure; I've not edited it out as I may be missing something but I did get excited at first thinking I was getting a 4TB HD for under £17; but I might edit a bit if I were you though; then again, I am easily confused

4TB is the maximum it will hold.... 2 x 2TB HD's
[mod]#3
mrpremium
andywedge
Not sure why you've added 4TB HD to the title? As this isn't a 4TB HD and is just the enclosure; I've not edited it out as I may be missing something but I did get excited at first thinking I was getting a 4TB HD for under £17; but I might edit a bit if I were you though; then again, I am easily confused


4TB is the maximum it will hold.... 2 x 2TB HD's


Cheers; I'll edit title so no more HUKDers fall off the sofa in excitement
#4
Wouldn't it be better to describe it as Play.com do
CiT Dual 3.5 inch SATA / USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure

Less exciting but more accurate.
#5
1.1 compatible, wow.
#6
How will your PC 'see' these drives?
As two separate drives or a single larger drive?
I assume the former since there is no mention of RAID..? :|
#7
Good price for a dual caddy.
#8
Ordered, great price. Now I need to order 2 x 2TB HDD's.
#9
Hang on - it's only got USB2.0 connectivity? no e-sata? or Gigabit ethernet?
What's the point of it supporting SATA 3.0 Gbps when the USB connection will be restricting you to a maximum transfer speed of ~320Mbps.
Even SATA 1.5 Gbps will comfortably saturate the usb connection.

What precisely do people want a slow external drive caddy for?


Edited By: TehJumpingJawa on Sep 10, 2010 22:12: ...
#10
from:
http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/product.php?product=CIT-01045&title=CiT+3.5+Inch+Dual+SATA+Hard+Drive+USB+2.0+Enclosure

Hi. Does this enclosure have RAID or can you mirror the disks?
Asked by: Al

Bigpockets Answer:
It doesn't seem to support any RAID functions unfortunately.

So it shows up as 2 drives...
2 Likes #11
TehJumpingJawa
Hang on - it's only got USB2.0 connectivity? no e-sata? or Gigabit ethernet?
What's the point of it supporting SATA 3.0 Gbps when the USB connection will be restricting you to a maximum transfer speed of ~320Mbps.
Even SATA 1.5 Gbps will comfortably saturate the usb connection.

What do people want a slow external drive caddy for?


There are hundreds of USB enclosures which take SATA drives. What's the alternative? If it was a USB enclosure accepting IDE drives then you'd be moaning about it taking HDDs of a fast becoming obsolete standard.

It's cheap because it's USB. Which is quite acceptable for many uses. Its bandwidth is enough for example, as I use one, for storing Blu-ray ISO and MKV rips for playing locally. If you want eSATA buy an eSATA enclosure. If you want network capabilities buy a NAS enclosure. Don't criticise the product for not being something it doesn't pretend to be.
#12
I'd very much expect it to show up as one drive, as JBOD.
#13
Pokey
TehJumpingJawa
Hang on - it's only got USB2.0 connectivity? no e-sata? or Gigabit ethernet?
What's the point of it supporting SATA 3.0 Gbps when the USB connection will be restricting you to a maximum transfer speed of ~320Mbps.
Even SATA 1.5 Gbps will comfortably saturate the usb connection.

What do people want a slow external drive caddy for?


There are hundreds of USB enclosures which take SATA drives. What's the alternative? If it was a USB enclosure accepting IDE drives then you'd be moaning about it taking HDDs of a fast becoming obsolete standard.

It's cheap because it's USB. Which is quite acceptable for many uses. Its bandwidth is enough for example, as I use one, for storing Blu-ray ISO and MKV rips for playing locally. If you want eSATA buy an eSATA enclosure. If you want network capabilities buy a NAS enclosure. Don't criticise the product for not being something it doesn't pretend to be.


Very well worded! Shame rep cannot be given anymore.
#14
Pokey

There are hundreds of USB enclosures which take SATA drives. What's the alternative? If it was a USB enclosure accepting IDE drives then you'd be moaning about it taking HDDs of a fast becoming obsolete standard.

It's cheap because it's USB. Which is quite acceptable for many uses. Its bandwidth is enough for example, as I use one, for storing Blu-ray ISO and MKV rips for playing locally. If you want eSATA buy an eSATA enclosure. If you want network capabilities buy a NAS enclosure. Don't criticise the product for not being something it doesn't pretend to be.


Fair enough, I guess it's just a product I have little use for.

In my mind if a drive is external, then I want it to be portable - so it tends to be either a USB memory stick, or a usb powered 2.5" drive in a caddy.

3.5" drives are large & cumbersome, mounting them inside the case eliminates the clutter of the drive, caddy & power brick and allows them to run at full speed.

I suppose 3.5" externals can come in handy if the user is unable or unwilling to install the drive(s) internally.

:edit:

You can get 2 separate 3.5" enclosures for about the same - but obviously that means a 2nd power brick.
I haven't voted either way.


Edited By: TehJumpingJawa on Sep 10, 2010 22:54: ...
#15
"TehJumpingJawa
"You can get 2 separate 3.5" enclosures for about the same - but obviously that means a 2nd power brick."

Where please?
#16
gkbeckmann
"TehJumpingJawa
"You can get 2 separate 3.5" enclosures for about the same - but obviously that means a 2nd power brick."

Where please?


I'd like 2 know where u can get 2 X single SATA caddies for this price as well.

The cheapest caddy i can find on Play.com is: Your text here
But it doesn't have a fan like this one and its £11.49

Edited By: alfreer1 on Sep 11, 2010 09:07: correction
#17
anybody know if this will work with ps3. will it show up as a 4tb external drive
#18
this is a really great price. i was on the lookout for something like this around last year and the cheapest i could find was about £25-£30 for a USB model. one that has esata is loads more expensive

obviously the market for a product like this is limited these days for a number of reasons. most people would be fine with a single drive that you can get up to 2tb, so using half the size of this, and some people would want esata as usb is slow by comparison, but it has a number of uses

for example, if you can't pysically stuff anymore drives internally into your pc, this let's you use two more with just 1 power cable and usb socket, and many people don't have external esata on their pc's or know how to fit one or have space for an expansion card. you could take a couple of older smaller size drives and make some use of them for £16.50

what i was going to do with them is stick two drives that were backups of my system, initially copied via another caddy with esata, as adding incremental changes over usb isn't so bad if you aren't changing many gb at once, and then i could take the caddy with me to work, friends, holiday etc to plug into my laptop etc, whereas at the moment i would take two caddies, two power cables, two esata cables, esata card etc (or do it with 2x usb cables), so a bit of mucking around, whereas this would simplyfy things a bit

i wish i could get a similar one that let's me make use of a couple of spare 300gb IDE drives in one single USB caddy, and if it could show as one single drive via raid or something, then all the better. if anyone knows of a cheap IDE solution like this, please post the details
#19
TehJumpingJawa
Pokey

There are hundreds of USB enclosures which take SATA drives. What's the alternative? If it was a USB enclosure accepting IDE drives then you'd be moaning about it taking HDDs of a fast becoming obsolete standard.

It's cheap because it's USB. Which is quite acceptable for many uses. Its bandwidth is enough for example, as I use one, for storing Blu-ray ISO and MKV rips for playing locally. If you want eSATA buy an eSATA enclosure. If you want network capabilities buy a NAS enclosure. Don't criticise the product for not being something it doesn't pretend to be.


Fair enough, I guess it's just a product I have little use for.

In my mind if a drive is external, then I want it to be portable - so it tends to be either a USB memory stick, or a usb powered 2.5" drive in a caddy.

3.5" drives are large & cumbersome, mounting them inside the case eliminates the clutter of the drive, caddy & power brick and allows them to run at full speed.

I suppose 3.5" externals can come in handy if the user is unable or unwilling to install the drive(s) internally.

:edit:

You can get 2 separate 3.5" enclosures for about the same - but obviously that means a 2nd power brick.
I haven't voted either way.



but what about people like me, who have a) filled up the 6 sata ports I have in my pc, b) run my pc 24/7 so don't want another drive wearing down when all i want is to use it for backup of my music and photos (so will only turn it on once a week. Just because it doesnt suit your needs, doesn't mean it isn't useful for other people.

You should vote it hot UNLESS you can buy it cheaper somewhere else (In which case tell us all). You shouldn't vot e aproduct based on how useful it is to you personally. ;)
#20
uni
what i was going to do with them is stick two drives that were backups of my system, initially copied via another caddy with esata, as adding incremental changes over usb isn't so bad if you aren't changing many gb at once, and then i could take the caddy with me to work, friends, holiday etc to plug into my laptop etc, whereas at the moment i would take two caddies, two power cables, two esata cables, esata card etc (or do it with 2x usb cables), so a bit of mucking around, whereas this would simplyfy things a bit


You'd be better off just buying a portable 2.5" drive. Smaller and USB powered. You'd only need to take the drive and a USB cable with you then. This enclosure won't give any benefits over a single drive, as it doesn't support RAID.
#21
this is a great price for a 2 in 1, voted hot.

Personally i'd go for those usb hot plugin devices now so there's no faffing with changing hds if you need to (like I do as i've got some old small ones!). Those cost a bit more though!
1 Like #22
TehJumpingJawa
Hang on - it's only got USB2.0 connectivity? no e-sata? or Gigabit ethernet?What's the point of it supporting SATA 3.0 Gbps when the USB connection will be restricting you to a maximum transfer speed of ~320Mbps.Even SATA 1.5 Gbps will comfortably saturate the usb connection.What precisely do people want a slow external drive caddy for?

Uhhh...Wii ISO backups, PS3 backups...Xbox 360 backups...computers without a SATA controller...uhhh...
#23
Excellent price for a dual sata USB enclosure. I have 4 Tsunami 3500 Dual enclosures to house my 8 extra sata drives (my case only holds 2 internally) and they are usually about £23/£24 each.
#24
Good deal and great value, however I'd be interested to see the long term performance of this unit in terms of heat affecting the drives. I know it states that there's cooling via heat dissipating aluminium and a cooling fan but I'm just a little cautious at this stage without some long term reviews.
#25
I opted instead for a desktop hard drive docking station last week, supports 2.5 and 3.5" sata drives and has a power switch on the front - for £13.58 delivered from ebuyer.
That has more use to me personally as I can just swap in the drive I want within seconds... I have about 6 drives that were sitting unused until I got this, both 2.5 and 3.5 ranging from 40gb old ps3 drive to a 500gb seagate one that I've now repaired. So my "spare" drives sit on a shelf or in a drawer near my computer until I want them for backups or storage and then just swap in the drive I want.
I can see the advantages of both, but for me personally I prefer the ability to quickly swap out drives using this docking station... if you opt for a more expensive one you can have the option of e-sata and USB... but that's from a different maker.
#26
simate
Pokey
TehJumpingJawa
Hang on - it's only got USB2.0 connectivity? no e-sata? or Gigabit ethernet?
What's the point of it supporting SATA 3.0 Gbps when the USB connection will be restricting you to a maximum transfer speed of ~320Mbps.
Even SATA 1.5 Gbps will comfortably saturate the usb connection.

What do people want a slow external drive caddy for?


There are hundreds of USB enclosures which take SATA drives. What's the alternative? If it was a USB enclosure accepting IDE drives then you'd be moaning about it taking HDDs of a fast becoming obsolete standard.

It's cheap because it's USB. Which is quite acceptable for many uses. Its bandwidth is enough for example, as I use one, for storing Blu-ray ISO and MKV rips for playing locally. If you want eSATA buy an eSATA enclosure. If you want network capabilities buy a NAS enclosure. Don't criticise the product for not being something it doesn't pretend to be.


Very well worded! Shame rep cannot be given anymore.


If you "like" the post (thumbs-up button on the right hand side) it is effectively the same thing. You can tell because if you go to their profile you can see how "liked" they are, followed by the dots next to their name.
#27
Xeijin
simate
Pokey
TehJumpingJawa
Hang on - it's only got USB2.0 connectivity? no e-sata? or Gigabit ethernet?
What's the point of it supporting SATA 3.0 Gbps when the USB connection will be restricting you to a maximum transfer speed of ~320Mbps.
Even SATA 1.5 Gbps will comfortably saturate the usb connection.

What do people want a slow external drive caddy for?


There are hundreds of USB enclosures which take SATA drives. What's the alternative? If it was a USB enclosure accepting IDE drives then you'd be moaning about it taking HDDs of a fast becoming obsolete standard.

It's cheap because it's USB. Which is quite acceptable for many uses. Its bandwidth is enough for example, as I use one, for storing Blu-ray ISO and MKV rips for playing locally. If you want eSATA buy an eSATA enclosure. If you want network capabilities buy a NAS enclosure. Don't criticise the product for not being something it doesn't pretend to be.


Very well worded! Shame rep cannot be given anymore.


If you "like" the post (thumbs-up button on the right hand side) it is effectively the same thing. You can tell because if you go to their profile you can see how "liked" they are, followed by the dots next to their name.


Yes I know, it's not quite the same thing though.
#28
I have a quick question that I was hoping someone here could answer.

Will this caddie support a drive that spins at 7200 RPM? I have heard they run pretty hot and generally aren't recommended for HD enclosures. I'd be grateful if someone could clear that up! Thanks
#29
Temporarily out of stock. This item will be dispatched as soon as it arrives.

:(
#30
simate
Xeijin
simate
Pokey
TehJumpingJawa
Hang on - it's only got USB2.0 connectivity? no e-sata? or Gigabit ethernet?
What's the point of it supporting SATA 3.0 Gbps when the USB connection will be restricting you to a maximum transfer speed of ~320Mbps.
Even SATA 1.5 Gbps will comfortably saturate the usb connection.

What do people want a slow external drive caddy for?


There are hundreds of USB enclosures which take SATA drives. What's the alternative? If it was a USB enclosure accepting IDE drives then you'd be moaning about it taking HDDs of a fast becoming obsolete standard.

It's cheap because it's USB. Which is quite acceptable for many uses. Its bandwidth is enough for example, as I use one, for storing Blu-ray ISO and MKV rips for playing locally. If you want eSATA buy an eSATA enclosure. If you want network capabilities buy a NAS enclosure. Don't criticise the product for not being something it doesn't pretend to be.


Very well worded! Shame rep cannot be given anymore.


If you "like" the post (thumbs-up button on the right hand side) it is effectively the same thing. You can tell because if you go to their profile you can see how "liked" they are, followed by the dots next to their name.


Yes I know, it's not quite the same thing though.


Really? From what I can see it's the same thing just re-labelled and moved to the profile page, and much more intuitive.
#31
What about transfer speed with it being usb i bet not high speed ?
#32
USB 2.0 is 480mbps, or 60MB/s max... real world speed is usually around 30-50MB/s in my experience.
#33
Antiquated technology.

Why would you have to faff around transferring 4TB across a USB2.0 connection? That's crazy.

I'll wait for the USB3.0 version so that I can make more productive use of my time.
#34
Xeijin
Really? From what I can see it's the same thing just re-labelled and moved to the profile page, and much more intuitive.


Yes but you cannot type a message like you could before and type your name at the end of the mesage like I did and others did too. It was nice to know who repped you before. You can't rep a deal anymore either, just vote it hot or cold, if the op comments then yes you can click that new thing but if they don't comment then you cannot give them any "rep". Nobody knows who has repped who anymore. It's an odd system. You can't beat the "thanks" button on forums powered by vBulletin as well as the standard Karma button.

It's not a moan, I just liked it how it was before, no doubt I'm not the only one.
#35
Pokey
uni
what i was going to do with them is stick two drives that were backups of my system, initially copied via another caddy with esata, as adding incremental changes over usb isn't so bad if you aren't changing many gb at once, and then i could take the caddy with me to work, friends, holiday etc to plug into my laptop etc, whereas at the moment i would take two caddies, two power cables, two esata cables, esata card etc (or do it with 2x usb cables), so a bit of mucking around, whereas this would simplyfy things a bit


You'd be better off just buying a portable 2.5" drive. Smaller and USB powered. You'd only need to take the drive and a USB cable with you then. This enclosure won't give any benefits over a single drive, as it doesn't support RAID.


you don't get 2.5" drives as big as the ones i wanted to take with me, and besides you can usually get twice as much storage for the same money with 3.5"drives. i already have twin 500gb drives in my laptop (that's the biggest size that was available at the time i got them - it's not worth spending another £150 at the moment to get 750mb drives to replace them, especially not when 1tb 2.5" drives are now available, it's just a matter of time until they get 9mm versions. even then it still wouldn't hold all the data i wanted to carry as it was mostly video and audio material (no, not movies). i have all my data backed up, and i used to backup to external drives in caddies. it would have made things a bit simpler if i could put two drives in one caddy (and before you ask, no i couldn't get a bigger drive to hold it all, as only now there are drives big enough, but in the time i've waited the biggest drives now aren't big enough)
#36
simate
Xeijin
Really? From what I can see it's the same thing just re-labelled and moved to the profile page, and much more intuitive.


Yes but you cannot type a message like you could before and type your name at the end of the mesage like I did and others did too. It was nice to know who repped you before. You can't rep a deal anymore either, just vote it hot or cold, if the op comments then yes you can click that new thing but if they don't comment then you cannot give them any "rep". Nobody knows who has repped who anymore. It's an odd system. You can't beat the "thanks" button on forums powered by vBulletin as well as the standard Karma button.

It's not a moan, I just liked it how it was before, no doubt I'm not the only one.


Ah yeah I forgot you could see who repped you/add a reason.
#37
Deedie
anybody know if this will work with ps3. will it show up as a 4tb external drive


It'll work, but only 32GB of it. As you have to format an external to FAT32 for PS3's to see them.
#38
joey_t
Deedie
anybody know if this will work with ps3. will it show up as a 4tb external drive


It'll work, but only 32GB of it. As you have to format an external to FAT32 for PS3's to see them.


Unless you leave it as NTFS and hooked up to your PC and just install PS3 media server on your computer... then it'll see everything you have on your entire PC.... assuming you have either wired or wireless network that is.

Edited By: paddy.stone on Sep 11, 2010 21:16: edit
#39
joey_t
Deedie
anybody know if this will work with ps3. will it show up as a 4tb external drive


It'll work, but only 32GB of it. As you have to format an external to FAT32 for PS3's to see them.


You can actually format up to 2TB using FAT32. The 32GB is a limitation of Windows. Just use this app >

http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/Fat32Formatter/
#40
Picard123
Antiquated technology.

Why would you have to faff around transferring 4TB across a USB2.0 connection? That's crazy.

I'll wait for the USB3.0 version so that I can make more productive use of my time.
how many people would instantly want to fill it up with 4TB though? Aren't people more likely to put a bit on, then a bit on , then a bit on etc etc

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