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USB 3.1 (10Gbps) Tool-Free Enclosure for 2.5in SATA SSD/HDD - USB-C

Add fast and portable data storage to your USB Type-C enabled MacBook, Chromebook Pixel, or laptop

Product ID: S251BPU31C3

  • Utilize the USB-C port on your laptop or tablet to create portable external storage for a 2.5” SSD/HDD
  • Get ultra-fast data transfer rates through USB 3.1 (10Gbps)
  • Tool-free design and lightweight enclosure for easy installation and convenient portability
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  • Supports SATA I, II and III (up to 6Gbps)
  • Supports drives 5mm, 7mm and 9.5mm in height
  • UASP support for enhanced performance
  • Powered directly from the USB port
  • Includes a USB-C to Micro B cable
41,99 € EUR exc VAT
52,49 € EUR inc VAT

Overview

Take your valuable data with you wherever you go. This single drive enclosure for 2.5” SSDs/HDDs lets you utilize the USB-C port on your MacBook, Chromebook Pixel™, Dell™ Latitude 11 5000 Series 2-in-1, or other device to add ultra-fast, ultra-portable data storage.

Compact and easily portable, this tool-less enclosure provides external data storage for laptops with a USB-C port

Tool-free and lightweight for ultimate portability

The enclosure’s compact design and lightweight construction provides a highly portable solution for adding external data storage to any device with USB-C™. It tucks easily into a laptop bag or carrying case for portable storage, and it’s completely tool-free so you can install your drives quickly on the fly. The enclosure is powered directly from the USB port, with no external power required, so there’s no need to carry along an adapter.

The enclosure connects easily to the USB-C port on your laptop to provide external data storage

Connect with ease through USB-C

The drive enclosure comes with a USB-C to Micro B cable. The USB Type-C connector is small and reversible, which makes for easier insertions. You can connect the USB-C plug quickly with either side facing up, which means less risk of damaging your ports and less frustration.

Maximize the performance of your 2.5” SATA drives

With support for SATA I, II and III and large capacity drives (tested with hard drives up to 2TB), this USB-C enclosure is compatible with virtually any 2.5in. SATA hard drive or solid-state drive. The enclosure delivers USB 3.1 Gen 2 performance with data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, letting you leverage the high performance of the latest SSDs and hard drives while alleviating bottlenecks in your data transfers. It’s also enhanced with UASP, which increases read and write speeds, to utilize the full potential of your SATA III drives.

Harness the speed of USB 3.1

USB File Transfer Rates diagram shows USB 3.1 Gen 2 at 10 Gbps is twice the speed of USB 3.0  at 5 Gbps

USB 3.1 gives you greater bandwidth and speed with file transfer rates of up to 10Gbps - twice the capability of USB 3.0 technology.

The S251BPU31C3 is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

Take advantage of new laptops and tablets that feature a USB-C port and ultra-fast USB 3.1 (10Gbps) connectivity

Create fast, portable external storage for MacBook, Chromebook Pixel, Dell Latitude 11 5000 Series 2-in-1 and other devices

Use your SATA SSD/HDDs at maximum speed

Back up important data to an external storage device

Share large files between computers quickly and securely without a network

Retrieve data from an old SATA drive, or turn the unused drive into additional external storage space

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type USB 3.1 Gen 2
Chipset ID ASMedia - ASM1351
Compatible Drive Types SATA
Drive Installation Fixed
Drive Size 2.5in
Fan(s) No
Interface USB 3.1 Gen 2
Number of Drives 1
Performance
4Kn Support Yes
Max Drive Capacity Currently tested with hard drives up to 2TB at 7200 RPM
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 10 Gbps
TRIM Support Yes
Type and Rate USB 3.1 Gen 2 - 10 Gbit/s
SATA III (6 Gbps)
UASP Support Yes
Connector(s)
Drive Connectors 1 - SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin) Female
Host Connectors 1 - USB 3.1 USB Type Micro-B (10 pin, Gen 2, 10 Gbps) Female
Other Interface(s) 1 - USB Type-C (24 pin) USB 3.1 (10Gbps) Male
1 - USB 3.1 USB Type Micro-B (10 pin, Gen 2, 10 Gbps) Male
Software
OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
Indicators
LED Indicators 1 - Power & Activity
Power
Power Source USB-Powered
Environmental
Humidity Operation Humidity: 10% ~ 90% RH
Storage Humidity: 5% ~ 95% RH
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -10°C to 65°C (14°F to 149°F)
Physical Characteristics
Color Black
Enclosure Type Plastic
Max Drive Height 9.5 mm [0.4 in]
Product Height 15 mm [0.6 in]
Product Length 132 mm [5.2 in]
Product Weight 73 g [2.6 oz]
Product Width 88 mm [3.5 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 182 g [6.4 oz]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - USB 3.1 to 2.5" SATA HDD enclosure
1 - USB-C to Micro B cable - 20.25 inches
1 - drive cushion
1 - quick start guide
Supports any operating system.
No additional drivers or software required.

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Product Support

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

USB 3.1 is the most recent version of the USB (Universal Serial Bus) standard for connecting computers and electronic devices. It is capable of data transfer speeds up to 10Gbps, and while it can use the USB-C connector type, it can also use a variety of other connector types. To achieve USB 3.1 transfer speeds, your USB host connection, cables, and device must all support USB 3.1. USB 3.1 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps). 

USB 3.0 is capable of data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps. USB 3.0 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps).

USB 3.1 is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, except in the following scenarios:

  • USB-B 3.1 cables are not compatible with USB-B 2.0 ports.
  • Unless you use an adapter, USB-C ports or cables will not work with USB-A or USB-B ports or cables.
  • Devices that require USB 3.1 transfer speeds of 10Gbps might not work with USB 3.0 or USB 2.0, or you might experience lower transfer speeds and impacted performance.
  • Bus-powered USB devices that requires more power than what USB 2.0 can provide are not compatible with USB 2.0.

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To transfer data at speeds of 10Gbps, you need to confirm that the following components in your setup support USB 3.1:

  • The USB host connection
  • The USB cable
  • The USB device and any subcomponents (for example, a hard drive docking station and the hard drives in the docking station)

Note: USB 3.1 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps). Devices that support USB 3.1 should have the USB 3.1 symbol on them. If the USB 3.1 symbol does not appear on your USB source or device, refer to the information provided by the manufacturer to confirm whether the USB source or device support USB 3.1.

The included USB cable for this USB 3.1 Gen 2 device has been tested and verified to perform at USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds of 10Gbps.

USB-C is a type of USB connector that is capable of supporting the following:

  • Data transfer speeds up to 10Gbps, if you use USB 3.1.
  • Bi-directional power delivery up to 100W, if both the USB host connection and the device support it.
  • Alternate modes, which deliver different types of data at different speeds. For example, DisplayPort Alternate Mode (DP Alt Mode).

If using Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C, the connection is capable of additional features. For example, Thunderbolt 3 is capable of 40Gbps of total bandwidth. For more information, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/thunderbolt-3-port-capabilities.

Not all USB-C ports or devices are capable of supporting all of the features listed above, or all of the features at the maximum capabilities. If you require a specific USB-C feature, your USB host connection, cables, and device must all support the feature that you require. For more information about whether your components support specific USB-C features, refer to the information provided by the manufacturers. 

Troubleshooting

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.

If your setup components support USB 3.1 but you are experiencing slower transfer speeds than you expected, consider the following:

  • A USB host connection with multiple USB 3.1 ports might not be able to support 10Gbps on each port simultaneously.
  • The type of port on a device does not determine whether the device is capable of USB 3.1 speeds. A USB-C port might not support USB 3.1 speeds, while USB-A and USB-B ports might support USB 3.1 speeds.
  • Any other devices that you include in your setup, such as an older hard drive in a USB 3.1 enclosure, might create a point of congestion and slow down transfer speeds.

To confirm the functionality of your USB host connection, its ports, and any other devices in your setup, refer to the information provided by the manufacturer.

Note: USB 3.1 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps). Devices that support USB 3.1 should have the USB 3.1 symbol on them. If the USB 3.1 symbol does not appear on your USB source or device, refer to the information provided by the manufacturer to confirm whether the USB source or device support USB 3.1.

You should not upgrade your device's firmware if you do not have any issues with the functionality of your device. The only time you should consider an upgrade is if you are experiencing a problem with the device, and you have confirmed that the firmware addresses this problem.  You can confirm this is the case by reviewing the documentation included with the firmware or by consulting with our Technical Support team. Incorrectly upgrading firmware can result in diminished performance so it is best to contact StarTech.com if you would like to perform this operation.