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2.5in USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure with Virtual ISO - Portable External SATA HDD

Turn a 2.5” SATA hard drive into three independent virtual optical drives, or a portable USB 3.0 storage solution

Product ID: S2510BU3ISO

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  • Use to mount virtual ROMs, and/or as external storage solution
  • Hardware based ISO emulation
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compliant host interface with support for up to 5Gbps of bandwidth

ISO drive emulation is an ideal solution for computers that do not have optical drives (i.e Ultrabooks™, Netbooks). Using hardware based ISO emulation, the S2510BU3ISO USB 3.0 HDD Virtual ISO Enclosure allows you to easily create and mount up to 3 different virtual Blu-ray/DVD/CD ROM images, ensuring maximum performance while eliminating the hassle and expense of complicated virtual ISO software.

This enclosure lets you turn almost any 2.5-inch SATA hard drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) into an external virtual ROM drive through a USB port (optimal performance with USB 3.0, backward compatible with USB 2.0).

The enclosure supports large capacity hard drives (up to 2TB), and also doubles as a standard external hard drive enclosure that can be used to maximize system storage expansion and backup capabilities.

The S2510BU3ISO virtual ISO HDD enclosure is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Store up to 3 ISO files of frequently installed applications for ease of portability
  • Useful in help desk environments to install/reimage software and operating systems on computers that do not have optical drives (i.e. Ultrabooks, Netbooks)
  • Expand a systems storage capacity with an external drive for backup/archiving

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Hardware based ISO emulation is fast and platform independent, requiring no software or driver installation
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 allows for up to 5Gbps of data bandwidth for faster data transfers, while remaining backward compatible with USB 2.0 systems

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030851398

Compatibility

  • OS Independent logo
OS independent; No software or drivers required

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) 1 - Connector Type(s) USB 3.0 Mini-B (10 pin, SuperSpeed)
1 - Drive Connectors SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 60°C (32°F to 140°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Humidity 5-90% RH
Hardware Interface USB 3.0
Bus Type USB 3.0
Number of Drives 1
Drive Size 2.5in
Compatible Drive Types SATA
Drive Installation Fixed
Chipset ID Fujitsu - MB86C311
Indicators 1 - LED Indicators HDD
iSO_1
iSO_2
iSO_3
Packaging Information Package Height 48 mm [1.9 in]
Package Length 100 mm [3.9 in]
Package Width 22.5 cm [8.9 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 180 g [6.4 oz]
Performance Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
UASP Support No
Type and Rate SATA II (3 Gbps)
Max Drive Capacity 2TB
Hot Swap Capability No
Physical Characteristics Color Black
Material Plastic
Max Drive Height 9.5 mm [0.4 in]
Product Length 78 mm [3.1 in]
Product Width 13.5 cm [5.3 in]
Product Height 16 mm [0.6 in]
Weight of Product 75 g [2.6 oz]
Power Power Source USB-Powered
Software OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements Available USB 3.0 or 2.0 port
Note For ISO functionality, the drive must be configured to MBR and have a NTFS formatted partition on it
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package USB 3.0 2.5" SATA HDD Enclosure w/ ISO
31in USB 3.0 Cable
Carrying Pouch
Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

To use the S2510BU3ISO to load ISO images, the drive must have the following parameters:

  • Non-Advance Format drive (512 byte sector size, not 4k).
  • Boot Sector: Master Boot Record (MBR).
  • Partion: NTFS.
  • Sector Size: Default Sector Size.

If the enclosure is not formatted with these parameters, it will not lock on to an ISO (located in an _iso folder) and will only function as an external mass storage device.

When you troubleshoot issues with a hard drive enclosure, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Cables
  • Hard drives
  • Hard drive enclosure

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the cables, hard drives, and hard drive enclosure in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.
  • Use a different cable, hard drive, and hard drive enclosure in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test the hard drive and hard drive enclosure, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • To check Disk Management, press the Windows key + R, type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter. Check to see if your hard drive is listed.
  • If the hard drive is listed with unallocated space, the hard drive needs to be reformatted. Right-click unallocated and click New Simple Volume. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reformatting.​

Note: Formatting a hard drive erases all of the data on it. Make sure that you back up all of your data before you reformat the hard drive.​

  • If the hard drive is listed as healthy but does not have a drive letter, for example, C:, right-click healthy and click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click Add, assign a drive letter, and click OK.

Note: A formatted hard drive will not show up in Computer or My Computer until it has a drive letter assigned to it.

How To

To confirm that the Mac OS detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your USB device is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

You may need to refresh the System Information page after you plug in your device.  To do so, press Command R with the System Information page open.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Before You Buy

Hard drive enclosures require power from your system's USB port. Although you can plug in any standard SATA drive, USB ports only supply a limited amount of power and are not able to power all of the hard drives plugged into the system.

The power capabilities of the USB port combined with the power requirements of the attached hard drive will determine if the hard drive enclosure will work in your setup. The power (in mA) supplied by the USB port must be greater than the requirements of the hard drive.

A USB 2.0 port can supply a maximum of 500 mA (0.5 A), and a USB 3.0 port can supply a maximum of 900 mA (0.9 A).

You can usually find the power requirements of your hard drive in the technical specifications on the label of the hard drive or on the manufacturer's website.

To determine if your hard drive will work in this enclosure, on the product page, click the Technical Specifications tab, and do the following:

  • Make sure that the enclosure supports the storage size of your hard drive. If the storage size of your hard drive is larger than what the enclosure was tested with, the hard drive will likely still work with the enclosure.
  • Confirm that your hard drive uses the same interface type as the enclosure. For example, IDE, SATA, or M.2.
  • Make sure that the enclosure supports the physical size of your hard drive, such as 2.5 inches or 3.5 inches.
  • Make sure that the enclosure supports the height of your hard drive. For example, 9 mm or 15 mm.
  • Verify that the power consumption of your hard drive doesn’t exceed the power output of the enclosure. If you’re using multiple hard drives, make sure that the combined power consumption of all of the hard drives doesn’t exceed the power output of the enclosure.

Compliance and safety

Compliance letters

  • WEEE
    • Language: English
  • RoHS
    • Language: English

Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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