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ORICO 2139U3 2.5" SATA to USB 3.0 Transparent Hard Drive Enclosure US$4.89 (AU$6.48) or Black US$4.60 (AU$6.10) Shipped @ Zapals

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ORICO 2.5" HDD/SSD enclosure on sale at Zapals with a clear case and UASP support.

also available in black for AU$6.10 delivered

I have the black one. inserted an old 500gb drive and it works perfectly for media storage.

8% cashback at Cashrewards

Specifications

Brand ORICO
Model 2139U3
Type External Hard Drive Enclosure
Compatible HDD Type 2.5 inch HDD/SSD
Output USB3.0 Micro B
Controller NS1068X
Capacity Max. 2TB
Dimension 124.5 x 79 x 13 mm
Weight 52g
Driver Driver Not Required
Supported System Windows 2000/XP/7/8/10, Linux, Mac OS 9.1 or above
Safety Approval CE/FCC/RoHS
Package Contents 1 x HDD/SSD Enclosure, 1 x USB 3.0 Cable, 1 x User Manual

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    I do computer work and bought a bunch of the black ones a while back to use and they are amazing. Getting another 15 now. Good quality, they are reliable.

    • +10 votes

      Such a good deal it's not worth giving a positive vote.

      • +4 votes

        Book him Danno. Another case solved for the vote police. Now let's go surfing.

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        I think it is worth a plus vote.

      • +2 votes

        Oh wow sorry about that - I don't really tend to remember to upvote things on here. Didn't know it was such a source of butthurt. I will try and upvote good deals when I see them/use them if people are snarky about it.

        That being said, if you are literally checking comments on a list of votes you should probably find another altruistic thing to do with your immense spare time like volunteer at a soup kitchen or something.

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      By the sounds of it I could be the exception, but I ordered one of the transparent ones a while ago and it turned out to be faulty.

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    Whats the difference between black and the transparent one.

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    Yeah I got the clear one works fine with my spare ssd did think about a case for the scratches but i can always get another one, much cheaper than all the stuff selling locally

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    Refuses to let me use the cheapest shipping option, says it is unavailable for "high value order".

    I just wanted 2.

  • +1 vote

    Be aware they take a long time to arrive

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    What's the point of a transparent one? Are these made for people in prison?

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      so you can see all the moving parts when it is writing data

    • +2 votes

      You can see what disk is inside. Beats yellow stickies and markers.

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      there's an appeal to seeing what type of drive is inside.
      especially if you have several different drives.

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      When using with a bunch of old drives it is useful to know which is which.
      Main point of these is to keep utilising salvaged laptop drives, so there will be a fair bit of diversity.

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      SOLD OUT

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        I am still seeing lots of freebies. Admittedly shipping kills the deal but then you get tracking for $2.90. For example,

        ORICO 2139U3 USB 3.0 to SATA 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive Enclosure AU$5.02
        Micro USB Male to USB Flash Drive OTG Adapter - Black AU$1.71

        Subtotal AU$6.73
        Discount -AU$1.71
        Shipping & Handling (Hongkong Post - Registered (7-30 days)) AU$4.36
        Grand Total AU$9.38

        • +3 votes

          I managed to get around the shipping by going to checkout with just the enclosure in my cart, selecting the cheaper shipping option, then went and opened a separate tab and added the free gift to my cart, went back to cart and clicked to pay and worked a treat.

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          @kingsleym98:
          Goodluck to you mate. I wouldn't have trusted dodgy workarounds with dodgy Hong Kong seller. More reputable places might have their back-end setup correctly, but there's a chance your might error and get lost lol.
          I figured it was just a $1 freebie item (in material cost) and couldn't be bothered.

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          @kingsleym98:

          I did the same, thanks for the tip.

          I did double-check the PayPal confirmation, as well as the Zapals order confirmation which both had my freebie item explicitly listed. So hopefully it won't get lost, just packed according to the order list.

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          @kingsleym98: Thanks for the tip!

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          @kingsleym98: In hindsight, that's a better workaround. I ended up editing the HTML form to get allow submission with the cheaper shipping.

  • +2 votes

    It's been more than 2 weeks and I still haven't received mine from Zapals. I chose the cheapest option, which takes 7 - 45 days….. you get what you pay for.

    • +2 votes

      That's what you get for not sharing the bargain with us when you found it

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      You'd be very very very lucky to get something over airmail in 2 weeks. It's going to be much closer to the 45 day mark.

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        Curiously, how does that happen? Surely it's not like they use propeller airplanes these days?

        • +2 votes

          It's the most basic form of shipping for small packages. Basically it gets the lowest priority in customs/processing.

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          The seller likely needs to order the item from the supplier. They probably batch deliveries so they aren't calling the truck to deliver your drive enclosure on its own. Once the seller receives it, they unpack the bulk box, prepare your shipment and hand it off to the post office.
          Most Chinese sellers indicate these steps take 3-7 days.

          The post office in Shenzen or wherever has the container for Australia. As parcels come in, they toss them in the container. When it is full somebody calls to get it collected and flown to Australia taking 3 or so days, where it shuffles through customs in 3 to 7 days.
          The container filling step means sometimes it can take a day for the parcel to be on a plane (if the container was nearly full) or sometimes it can take 3 weeks if you are buying from a seller in some second order city where the container left yesterday. If anybody knows which cities are actually the staging points for airmail to Australia, I'd be interested. When I have tracked items they seem to come from a lot of mid-point destinations.

          So figure 30 days as the normal shipping time for an item with standard airmail form China and you will usually be right.
          Even so, sometimes things get delayed. I ordered a little $2 ring in November for a kid. It arrived at the end of March. If I need an item, by a certain date (for a holiday or something) I buy it locally, or order so far in advance I can organise a local alternative if it hasn't shown up.

        • +2 votes

          Its the cheapest shipping option, the reason they can do it so cheap is that a big pile of cheap packages sits waiting at the airport and a selection of the required size\weight is the last stuff to get allocated to cargo to fill up any gaps. Handfulls of the cheap stuff literally does get shoved into gaps like bubblewrap, all those little padded envelopes are perfect for it.
          If the plane is full of premium cargo then no cheap stuff gets sent.
          It is also lower priority through customs and sorting, get the premium stuff done first and then the budget stuff keeps the facility busy until the next premium shipment arrives.

        • +1 vote

          @mskeggs:

          @joelmuzz:

          Very informative - my inner HowStuffWorks child lapped that up. Thanks!!

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        Cheers mate. No more high expectation.

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    Centrecom actually had these for $9 Shipped about a month ago. I got a few then and they are great to say the least. TRIM for SSDs does not work very well though.

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    I'm all for the neat clear look but I wouldn't recommend it for any long, active uses of hard disks. Doesn't look like it does much in terms of heat dissipation.
    (not sure if the black one is metal to act as heatsink)

    One day I was formatting a 2TB WD Green HDD in an open air Vantec dock thing and even it managed to heat up enough to go from normal to "caution" in CrystalDiskInfo.

    Going off the first comment at least the controller part looks reliable which is also really important with these things.

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      Dont be fooled by metal casings. It will only act as a effective heatsink if the HDD is pressed up right against it with thermal pad/compound.

      If there's any gaps or voids, the air will just act as an insulator just like double pane glass.

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      I am not aware of any 2.5in enclosure which acts as a heatsink (yes, some claim that they do). Drilling holes in enclosure (yes, ugly) is reasonably effective.

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      That's ridiculous.

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        What flipfire wrote above is perfectly correct. If there is no good contact between a metal case and a large surface of a hot part mounted inside it (disk) only increased ventilation can improve cooling a bit.

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    this is interesting: Regular non tracking (Temporary unavailabe for high value order)

    means shipping is at minimum $6 for me.

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    grabbed a black one. thanks OP.

  • +5 votes

    Buyer Beware… Zapals is VERY VERY slow, expect your package to arrive in 1-2 months

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    Noice, grabbed 10 for work :)

    tyvm.

  • +1 vote

    I don't know if I really need it again. Anyway I bought Six..

  • +1 vote

    Support USB Attached SCSI (UASP)?

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      Website says yes.

      Would like to know what speeds people are getting with SSDs - have found some "UASP" enclosures still can't go above around 200MB/s.

      • +1 vote

        They don't seem to be a bottleneck using Samsung 850 EVO (500gb). Reads over 500MB/sec and writes well over 200MB/sec (300+ from memory).

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          Thanks that's great. Purchased.

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          Got mine today. I did a read test and got about 300MB/s (vs. 380MB/s with my existing archgon enclosure). Using a 2TB Samsung 850 Pro, transferring a compressed file to a NVMe SSD which should be faster.

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          @psdillon: Hrm, I may have misled you unintentionally. Apologies if that is the case…

          I tested it again just now and get 355MB/sec read and 330MB/sec write to an encrypted volume. Using an unencrypted volume gets 387MB/sec read and 365MB/sec write. Tested using BlackMagic Disk Speed Test on a Mid-2012 Retina MBP - not sure how accurate that tool is though.

          Maybe I mixed up the numbers of the tests I ran because I also tested two in a RAID1 (mirror) arrangement… oops! On the other hand I have been using the drives for a bit so I wonder if out-of-the-box performance was just better temporarily (sneaky!)… although I could swear I was pleasantly surprised to see a 500+ result… not sure now. Sorry!

          It does seem there should be some room for improvement though - 2TB 850 Pro sounds like it should be faster than a 500gb 850 EVO so you should at least be able to match 380MB/sec?

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          It seems to vary a bit - 390MB/sec to 415MB/sec - although still a fair bit under 500MB/sec.

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    Yeah still waiting for my last Zapals order for over a month, I've just advised them I intend to cancel the order so it's still within Paypal coverage.

    Having said that, thse Orico enclosures are the only ones I use now. Had issues with others in the past with the controller board separating from the HDD when screwed in properly

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      I have been waiting 2 months to receive my order. Keep getting the run around. Will NEVER order from Zapals again. No point being cheap if you never get it and bad customer service.

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        I'm not going to risk it not arriving outside the Paypal coverage, I'll give it 44 days and then file a dispute.

        The only replies you get from Zapals to your queries are that they send you the tracking number, which is useless as all it tells you is the date it left Hong Kong.

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    bought one from this deal: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/294613

    took about 1 month to arrive. longer than anything i've ever ordered from banggood, gearbest etc.

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    Looks like it's now charging me for shipping.

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    ewww…. 7-45 days shipping :(

  • +1 vote

    Arrived today for me :)

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    Anyone else got theirs?

    Ordered 9/04/17
    Shipped 12/04/17

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