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USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) Enclosure for 2.5” SATA Drives

Get ready for ultra-fast USB 3.1 Gen 2 data storage using your 2.5” SSD or HDD

Product ID: S251BMU313

  • Create an ultra-fast USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) storage solution for a single 2.5” SSD or HDD drive
  • Supports SATA I, II and III (up to 6 Gbps)
  • Compact, portable design in a sleek brushed aluminum enclosure
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  • UASP support for enhanced performance
  • Powered directly from the USB port
  • USB A to Micro B cable for easy compatibility
  • Backward compatible with USB 3.0, 2.0 and 1.x
£38.99 GBP exc VAT
£46.79 GBP inc VAT
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Overview

Now, access your data in record time with the superior performance of USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps). This single-drive enclosure gives you a powerful external storage solution.

Photo of StarTech.com USB 3.1 Gen 2 aluminum enclosure (S251BMU313) on laptop bag showing easy portability

Ultra fast, ultra portable data storage

The enclosure turns your 2.5in SATA solid-state or hard drive into ultra-fast, ultra portable data storage. Its lightweight, compact design allows it to be tucked easily into a laptop bag or carrying case. Engineered with a durable and sleek brushed aluminum housing, it’s equipped to keep your data safe and secure wherever you go.

Harness the speed of USB 3.1 Gen 2

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 Gen 2 gives you greater bandwidth and speed with file transfer rates of up to 10 Gbps - twice the speed of USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) technology. It lets you leverage the high performance of the latest SSDs and hard drives, while alleviating bottlenecks in your data transfers.

Powered directly from the USB port

The enclosure connects easily to a host computer through USB 3.1 Gen 2, with no external power required. It is equipped with a USB A to Micro B cable, providing backward compatibility with existing USB ports or hardware. It also provides UASP support for enhanced performance.

The S251BMU313 is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

Take advantage of new laptops and desktops with ultra-fast USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) connectivity

Create a fast, portable external storage solution for desktops, laptops or netbooks with this metal enclosure, providing durable performance in demanding environments

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 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
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 Aluminum
Max Drive Height 9.5 mm [0.4 in]
Product Height 12 mm [0.5 in]
Product Length 123 mm [4.8 in]
Product Weight 78 g [2.8 oz]
Product Width 75 mm [3 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 163 g [5.8 oz]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - USB 3.1 to SATA enclosure
1 - USB 3.1 A to Micro B cable - 18 inches
1 - 7mm - 9.5mm SSD spacer
1 - protective case
4 - assembly screws
1 - screwdriver
1 - quick start guide
Supports any operating system.
No additional drivers or software required.

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Customer Reviews

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(4 stars) Great for SSD.

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Got this enclosure and set it up with my 128 GB SSD and does what it was made for. I did test it with a regular drive and it can vibrate a little which is not a good thing, so, for SSD it is great and I was able to move from one system to another with a minimal install time. Good product.
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Brian, Customer Support
Hi, Thanks for your feedback and review. If you used a 7mm spinning hard drive, try using the included 7mm to 9.5mm spacer. That should help reduce vibration that is caused by the drive spinning while in operation. We hope this helps. If you have any concerns, please reach out to our Technical Advisors by clicking "Support" at the top of our website. Thank you.

(4 stars) Fast and solid

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What can one say about a drive enclosure? It's metal, and solid, but I had to add a dab of silicone to keep the drive firmly in place and prevent rattling. The drive did not come off the connector inside, no matter how much a shook or bumped it, but since I'm using a spindle drive (after the bump testing...), the silicone helps make the whole assembly less worrisome. I would have liked to have seen a USB-C cable included as well as the standard format. But I bought one locally, and now can go between computers more easily. A longer cable would make this more IT-pro/datacenter friendly. Just saying.... Last note on the physical case... Being without any raised edges and all metal presents an opportunity and a challenge. The opportunity is that the smooth surface allowed me to add a Velcro strip (I do this to externals like this, along with my laptops, servers, and desk), so I can attach the drive and not worry about it getting bumped, sliding around, and even temporarily "part" of a laptop. Some enclosures make this more difficult with fancy shapes and raised details. On the challenge front, without securing the drive, the smooth metal slides all over the place. If using a spindle drive, be careful. Performance-wise, this thing maxes out the drive's capability on reads and writes. The enclosure is no longer the limiting factor. There are no noted compatibility issues when using the enclosure with MacOS, Windows, Linux, or a Chromebook. It just works, and read/write speeds are limited only by the drive, and the computer it's connected to. :) I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(5 stars) Perfect for SSD upgrades!

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This adapter was perfect for my latest SSD upgrade; after removing the old drive I was able to keep using it as external storage. The kit has everything you need to mount the drive inside, the enclosure is solid, very thin, and looks great. It even comes with a soft pouch to protect the finish. The USB cable is long enough to be useful but not so long as to get in the way. I tuck the cable and the enclosure into the pouch when travelling to keep them together. Works great! I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review
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(4 stars) Nice fast and solidly built

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If you are looking for a simple and fast enclosure then this is a really good piece. I found the installation of my SSD into this fast and easy and I am getting excellent transfer speeds. There is a spacer included for thinner drives which I did not need. The cable connection is solid. I do worry that over time plugging and unplugging may break this connection. I would like to see a slightly longer cord but that is me. I hate short cords. My only complaint about the enclosure itself if that I would think a conventional hard drive would not sustain much bumping or movement in this enclosure. Overall a very fast enclosure I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(1 star) poor important features

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yes it may have all the bells and whistles like usb 3.1 10gbps and uasp but no TRIM support. this case with the 10 gbps usb it's meant obviously for ssd not hdd , and the most important function of ssd is not supported. there for , until there is a firmware update , this is my overall rating of this enclosure.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Barry, Customer Support
Hello, Thanks for sharing your feedback with us. We appreciate it! You are correct; this does not have TRIM support. SSDs will work with the enclosure however despite that omission. Regarding HDD speeds, when using this with an SATA III 6Gbps drive, you will see a performance increase over using this with a standard USB 2.0 or 3.0 enclosure. USB 3.0 being capped at 5Gbps will not allow for an SATA III drive to operate at its maximum potential. Hopefully, this helps clarify the reasoning being some of the decisions made on the product (USB 3.1 10Gbps + HDD). I have also passed your feedback on to our development team regarding TRIM support. Thank you.