Belkin Usb 2.0 Hi-speed External Drive Enclosure Kit: £34.56 del. at Ballicom
Belkin Usb 2.0 Hi-speed External Drive Enclosure Kit: £34.56 del. at Ballicom

Belkin Usb 2.0 Hi-speed External Drive Enclosure Kit: £34.56 del. at Ballicom

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Not expecting a lot of heat from this one, but thought it may help some. Cheaper kits are available but this one is Belkin branded. If you vote cold, could you please post a link to a better price, since this helps everyone.

Extended Specifications
Device Type Storage enclosure
Supported Drives ATA-100
Type 1 x IDE - integrated ( Hi-Speed USB )
Controller Interface Type ATA-100
Supported Devices Hard drive, CD drive, DVD drive
Max Storage Devices Qty 1
Type None.
Expansion Bays Total (Free) 1 ( 1 ) x front accessible - 5.25"
Interfaces 1 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type B
Cables Included 1 x USB cable
Software Included Drivers & Utilities
Compliant Standards Plug and Play
Power Device Power supply - internal
Voltage Required AC 120/230 V
Power Provided 40 Watt
Service & Support Limited lifetime warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty - lifetime


Original Poster

fair enough

bring on the cold votes

EDIT: no ignore that. that would be £28 excluding VAT + £5.95 shipping. you haven't allowed for VAT so i still win


fair enoughbring on the cold votes

Actually, I'm wrong - it's £38.15 including VAT, so yours is still cheaper.

Original Poster

still getting cold though

Belkin stuff is junk.

First, I'm not a huge fan of Belkin.

Second, you can get one of these boxes with a SATA drive included for hardly any more money. The only thing this has going for it is that it takes IDE drives.

Third, in what way is this 'high speed'? It's USB.

Cold, cold, cold!

Original Poster

i needed it for an ide drive i have (dvd burner)

plan was, since i use them all the time (burning a couple of dvds a day) i wear them out quickly, but to buy a new dvd burner for my laptop costs about £30 min, to buy a chunky one is only about £15. with this, i intend to save money when replacing my dvd burners

and it's high speed (2.0) usb as opposed to low speed (1.1) usb

I'm not impressed by the USB 2 point as you'd be hard-pressed to find any 1.1 devices these days except maybe keyboards and mice.

I think I would have bought on of these for £6 on ebay:
3 in 1 USB 2.0 to SATA / IDE Adapter Cable + Power


It doesn't have the case, of course, but then you don't then have to worry whether the front of the case comes off and whether the drive will fit properly. It's a quick and dirty solution.

oh I see that the url has been messed with - put ebay where the ******* are

Original Poster

the link says the page is no longer available, maybe the listing ended or something

i don't think 'high speed' is used as a boasting statement, i think it is merely referring to the type of usb connection it offers, which is known as high speed usb (as opposed to low speed). i also have a sandisk extreme III 2gb sd card, but i wouldn't consider it to be particularly 'extreme'..it's just an sd card

i bought one of these enclosures off ebay a week ago for £10 but it blew up, so i thought i'd be better off going with belkin (with whom i have had no problems so far) who offer a lifetime warrenty

i got a refund on the damaged enclosure by the way

i think you still win though when considering how cold this is...

Well, I felt a bit guilty about my posting after I read a bit of the feedback on ebay. There seem to be quite a few people who have had problems with these, so maybe a decent brand is worth paying for.
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