Can anyone recommend a USB 3 enclosure for a single 2.5 drive? (BUS Powered)

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  1. StressedSnowCat, Dec 7, 2013
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    StressedSnowCat macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2013
    I need a dock but all I can find are either docks that seem cheaply made or fragile... Is there any real quality out there when it comes to docks?

    Ideally I want something tough and good looking, maybe in aluminium? It also needs to be bootable. Any suggestions? (PS: I live in Europe)

    I want to put a single 2.5 HDD in it at 5400rpm to serve as a backup clone of my Mac Mini's hard drive.
  2. ender78 macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2005
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Op you can look at usb2 drive caddies too if your going with a mechanical hdd! You won't top the bus out.
  4. StressedSnowCat, Dec 7, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2013

    StressedSnowCat thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2013
    Hmm, thanks for the suggestion, this one's kinda ugly though, anything more discreet?

    I need to be able to boot and work on the drive contained within the enclosure so no, USB 2 is a bad idea I would think.
  5. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    Agree - the available docks look cheap. That said, I've had very good luck with Thermaltake's BlacX 5G. Only one drive in ten I have failed in it. I use it every day with different 2.5 and 3.5in drives.

    OWC's USB3 cases in plastic or the more expensive alu work well.

    This is the fastest swap enclosure to date for 2.5 -
  6. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    @OP: Yes this is the fastest non-Thunderbolt enclosure for 2.5" drives (HDD or SSD).

    @HenryAZ: +1

  7. trancinchino macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2012
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G4


    Feb 20, 2009
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008

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