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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
£37.99 GBP exc VAT
£45.59 GBP inc VAT
439+ In stock
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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 69 g [2.4 oz]
Product Width 88 mm [3.5 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 180 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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(5 stars) Light and Fast for on the go!

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Despite being made predominantly out of plastic, this enclosure still manages to feel very solid without adding a lot of weight. The few drives I tried with the enclosure fit snug and secure with the included foam tape. The added bonus of being tool-less is terrific and makes drive swaps quick and painless. This is definitely another great addition to my tech go bag. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(5 stars) Excellent portable storage enclosure

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I put a spare SSD in this enclosure for some fast portable storage and it works great. No drivers, plug and play. The SSD fit slightly loose but in the box was provided a "cushion" and once install the SSD was snug and didn't move. The enclosure has some rubber feet to avoid it sliding around on the desk and it also included an activity light. My only gripe would be that the glossy plastic has gotten marked up by just being in my laptop bag. It doesn't take away from the function though, just cosmetic. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(5 stars) Light and Fast for on the go!

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Despite being made predominantly out of plastic, this enclosure still manages to feel very solid without adding a lot of weight. The few drives I tried with the enclosure fit snug and secure with the included foam tape. The added bonus of being tool-less is terrific and makes drive swaps quick and painless. This is definitely another great addition to my tech go bag. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(5 stars) Easy to use and fast!

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Simple to install drive, lightweight, and fast. All plastic, so doesn't dissipate heat as well as the metal enclosures. The cover stays put too (unless you drop it, on a hard surface, on the right corner--which I did--and the drive popped loose (SSD). Put it all back together and it just kept working. Being tool-free is great as I can carry this instead of an external drive dock, and swap drives in and out when doing remote site work. So my "go bag" just got lighter. :) I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(4 stars) Good Product

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I was trying to think of a catchy name for this review, but good is what I kept coming up with. I think a tool-less design is long overdue, and this one is well done, a quick slide of the top and you’re done. Fit quality inside the enclosure is good; there is an included piece of foam tape to keep the drive from moving, a 9mm HDD fits snugly but a 7mm SSD would rattle without it. Build quality is also good, it’s plastic so it’s light and portable, flex is minimal and the rubber feet keep it from moving on most surfaces. The included USB-C cable is 50cm long, again, a good length; a single coil and it fits in the same space as the enclosure does for easy transportation. Where I think this would transition to a ‘great’ product would be if you were buying/deploying a number of these for an office or project. The price point and speed of assembly would definitely tilt the scale! I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review
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(5 stars) Excellent Light weight enclosure

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I found the design of this enclosure to be very good. The cable fit snugly into the enclosure and I had no issues with any cable movement. The unit does not require any tools to set up and I found that with my 2.5" Ssd it was a very very light setup which I love. For portability this enclosure was great due to the lightweight nature of the case I would recommend this product I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(1 star) Disconnection issues

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After I used this enclosure for a day or two, it is keeping disconnecting itself if i move the enclosure or my MacBook even slightly. I try to change the usb-c cable, but it keeps disconnecting it self. The only way to use this enclosure is to not move it or your computer.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Sam, Customer Support
We're sorry for the issues you've had with S251BPU31C3. We don't expect the USB cable to be loose or to disconnect very easily. We recommend contacting us directly so that we can find out the problem and get your setup working as quickly as possible. You can reach our Technical Advisors 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, at 1-800 265-1844 or www.startech.com/chat.