Firewire USB 2.0 Enclosures for IDE/ATA, SATA 3.5" hard drive, 5.25" DVD Drives

Why buy external data storage products at funny price while you can DIY so easily? Almost all ordinary desktop disk drives: DVD drive, DVD-R drives, hard drive, CD-RW drive, CD-ROM drive and ZIP drive, simply fix them in these enclosures! If you still don't believe, just check our external DVD burners and external hard drives, Allcam is the first UK company to introduce these DIY kits to make external storage products.

3.5" ATA/IDE hard drive Enclosures
Black Cyclone II USB 2.0 hard drive enclosure (U35B/2)

The overwhelming response for our Black Cyclone enclosure pushed us to issue this Black Cyclone II enclosure. The newly designed caddy has sleeky feeling corners and much improved accessibility by placing all the control button in the front. For installation info, click How to assemble a Black Cyclone II hard drive

  • Support 3.5" IDE hard drive of all make up to 300 GB
  • Innovative front control panel: all control buttons & LED indicators all in front
  • Fan ON/OFF, Power ON/OFF buttons (in front)
  • 4 LED lights: Power, Fan, USB, Data read/write
  • High speed USB 2.0 interface (GL811 chip)
  • Auto switch AC adapter
  • Driverless for Windows ME, 2000, XP and MAC 9.X above.
  • Size: 20 x 11 x 3.4 cm (L x W x H)

Prcie from £15 inc VAT, click Black Cyclone II 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure to buy

USB 2.0 One-Touch backup II hard drive enclosure (U35BAK/II)

Just press "Backup" button, and it will backup only the new files / revised files at USB 2.0 speed. Ideal solution if you works at home & office or with several computers, you will no longer worry about different version of the same file in different computers. This onetouch backup II hard drive is improved from the previous onetouch backup hard drive, mainly with improved backup functions such as auto backup, other minor bugs also fixed.

Support 3.5" IDE hard drive of all make up to 300 GB, USB 2.0; high quality & solid Aluminum casing, power ON/OFF switch, auto switch AC adapter, USB 2.0 data cable, driverless for Windows ME, 2000, XP and MAC 9.X above. Dimension: 32x125x225 mm (WxHxD)

Prcie from £17 inc VAT, click Onetouch II 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure to buy

lan drive file server

USB 2.0 / Lan (Network) hard drive enclosure (UL35)

Just insert a normal 3.5" IDE/ATA/PATA hard drive inside, and you have a full functional file server!

  • No drive/software installation
  • Instantly access the drive by typing "\\storage" in the address bar of your browser
  • Support all the main OS:(Windows, Linux, Mac
  • Share storage/files among computers with different OS
  • Web-style adminstration interface: adminstrator can assign specify which folder to be shared/private and which share folder be protected with password
  • Support FTP, adminstration can set user/password/permission level
  • Compatible with 3.5" hard drive of all make upto 400GB
  • Use as a normal external storage connected via USB 2.0
  • High quality, heavy duty metal casing
  • Size: 21.5 x 12 x 4.5 cm, Weight: 900 g

Prcie from £39 inc VAT, click Lan Drive Enclosure to buy

3.5" combo HD enclosure

Firewire + USB 2.0 combo hard drive enclosure (UF35SA)

Support 3.5" IDE hard drive of all make up to 300 GB, 1394 (Firewire) / USB 2.0 dual interface; with cooling fan, high quality Aluminum casing, easy to fix /remove screws, with power ON/OFF switch, auto switch AC adapter, USB 2.0 data cable, driverless for Windows ME, 2000, XP and MAC 9.X above. Size: 22 x 12.8 x 3.5 cm (L x W x H)

Prcie from £19.9 inc VAT, click USB2 Firewire Combo Hard Drive Enclosure to buy

3.5" SATA Hard Drive Enclosures

USB2 3.5" SATA hard drive enclosure

USB2.0 SATA 3.5" hard drive enclosure (U35SATA)

  • Full aluminum casing
  • USB 2.0 high data transfer speed
  • Support 3.5" SATA hard drives of all make
  • Dimensions: 126x215x39mm
Prcie from £18 inc VAT, click USB 2.0 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Enclosure to buy
3.5" combo HD enclosure

USB2.0 SATA 3.5" hard drive enclosure (U35SATA)

Full aluminum casing with easy-to-fix screws, support 3.5" SATA hard drives of all make. Size: 22 x 12.8 x 3.5 cm (L x W x H). Also comes with power & date cable to connect the normal IDE/ATA drives. Other free accessories include 1 x AC adapter (with UK 3-pin plug), 1 x USB cable, 1 x 4-pin Firewire cable, and 1 x 6-pin Firewire cable.

Prcie from £18 inc VAT, click USB2 SATA Hard Drive Enclosure to buy

5.25" CD/DVD Drive/Writer Cases

USB2.0 DVD CD-RW enclosure (U52)

Support IDE 5.25" DVD, DVD-/+RW, DVD-RAM, CD, CD-RW drive and 3.5" IDE hard drive; data speed up to 480Mbps; Aluminum case, with cooling fan, power ON/OFF switch. Auto-switching AC adatper with UK 3-pin power cable included.

Prcie from £16 inc VAT, click USB2.0 DVD Burner Enclosure to buy

USB 2.0 Firewire combo DVD CD-RW enclosure (UF52Z)

High quality & solid aluminum case, Support IDE 5.25" DVD, DVD-/+RW, DVD-RAM, CD, CD-RW drive and 3.5" IDE hard drive; data speed up to 480 Mbps; with cooling fan, power ON/OFF switch. Free accessories include USB 2.0 and Firewire cables, 1 pc AC adapter (UK 3-pin) plug, 1 pc Driver + User Manual CD-Rom

From £22.5 inc VAT, click USB2.0Firewire combo DVD Burner Enclosure to buy

What can they do? Firewire / USB enclosure+hard drive = external hard drive!

USB 2.0 / Firewire enclosures provide an ideal bridge from IDE to Firewire / USB, combining the functionality of IDE drives with easiness & convenience of USB, which enable the IDE drive to work exactly as a fixed internal drive, with USB2.0, you even don't sacrifice the data transfer speed when the IDE drive transferred from internal to external. USB2.0 is backward compatible with USB1.1 ports of computer.

These cases are compatible with 5.25" CD-RW, DVD, CD-ROM, and 3.5" hard drives of all make! No longer waste your money to buy external hard drives at funny prices, Do-it-yourself!

System requirements

The USB / USB2.0 / Firewire enclosures are supported by the following O.S.: Windows 98 SE, Windows ME & 2000 & XP, MAC OS 9.0 (you may need to download patched from MAC website) or higher. *Note: USB are not supported by Windows NT.

You maybe able to use these device under Linux, please check the Linux installation guide first.

For PC:

  • Pentium II 200 MHz or higher;
  • 128 MB Ram

For MAC:

  • PowerPC G4, iMAC or later;
  • Free disk space: 20 MB.

FAQ:

1. Can any of your 3.5" / 5.25" drive cases be powered via USB / Firewire bus power alone?

No. It is not possible. The 3.5" / 5.25" drives need two voltage supply: 5 V and 12 V, and the USB and Firewire bus can only supply 5 V. Furthermore the USB/Firewire bus power is limited to 500 mA (5 V)which is not enough for the 3.5"/5.25" drives.

2. What is ATA? IDE? PATA? ATA100/ATA133? SATA? and differences?

They are all storage interfaces. ATA = IDE = PATA which are different from Serial ATA (SATA). ATA100 and ATA133 are two ATA interfaces with different speed. The common hard drive / DVD drives come with ATA/IDE interface. SATA is a new technology designed to replaced the ATA/IDE interface. The main adavantage over SATA of IDE/PATA is faster data speed, compact cables, and hot-swapping. Most 3.5" SATA hard drives still retain the old 4pin power socket in addition to the new 15 pin SATA power socket (see image below), but you only need to connect one power source (not both).


Image of 3.5-inch IDE/ATA (PATA) hard drive interface
3.5-inch IDE/ATA (PATA) hard drive interface
Image of 3.5-inch SATA hard drive interface
3.5-inch SATA hard drive interface

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