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Zalman ZM-VE300-B 2.5in Aluminum External Enclosure USB 3.0 w/ One Touch Backup Black

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   Part #: ZM-VE300(Black)
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USB3.0 Super Speed w/ Max 5Gbps Transfer Rate
The USB 3.0 interface supports quick and reliable data transfer to and from a PC.
  Convenient Virtual ODD
VE300 supports Virtual ODD which can be used as CD-ROM, DVD, and Blu-ray Drive for convenient booting.
One Touch Backup & Safe Removal
Pressing the Convenient One Touch Backup button once will automatically copy files to the selected folder. Pressing the button for more than 3 seconds will automatically turn power off, allowing the external hard drive to be removed safely without damaging the data.
  Convenient & Intuitive Menus
With convenient and intuitive menus, even first time users can easily use VE300.
2.5' SATA I/II HDD Compatible
ZM-VE300 is an external HDD case which is compatible with 2.5” SATA I/II HDD.
  Aluminum Body for Enhanced Cooling & Elegance
The whole aluminum-body design is elegant and effective against external shock and radiant heat of HDD.
If an external HDD case with built-in hard disk is connected to a USB port of a desktop PC, notebook or netbook, the hardware will automatically be recognized and can be used instantly without installation.
  Subcompact Design
External HDD case has a subcompact design for portability and takes up minimal desk space.
Convenient Travel Pouch Provided
A convenient travel pouch is provided for safe storage and scratch prevention.
  Screw Driver Provided for Case Disassembly &
HDD Installation
A screw driver is provided for convenient case disassembly and HDD installation.
Dimensions 135.3(L) x 78.6(W) x 13.1(H) mm
Weight 96g
Materials Aluminum Alloy, Acryl, Poly Carbonate
External Interface USB1.1 Max. 12Mbps
USB2.0 Max. 480Mbps
USB3.0 Max. 5.0Gbps
Internal Interface S-ATA I/II
Compatible HDD Size 2.5'
Power Input: DC 5V
Supported OS Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, VISTA, 7 / Mac OS / Linux
Color Black/Silver
- ZM-VE300
- Pouch
- Screw(2pcs) & Driver
- USB 3.0 Cable
- Install CD
- Quick Guide
Zalman affixes a Computer Noise Prevention System (CNPS) mark to all components used for noiseless computers.

ZALMAN TECH ZM-VE300(Black) Customer Reviews

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Experience: 5 Months
 Verified Owner
Virtual-CD/DVD, USB3
Case is a little cheap
Great for booting on Virtual-CD/DVD. I've put about 20go of ISO on it (OSs and tools) and I can boot on any of them as I wish. USB 3 + SSD makes install systems in only a few minutes (Linux, Windows, BSD, etc).

The case is a little bit annoying to unscrew to change the hdd/ssd. I finally put a large enough SSD in it so I don't have to change it for my need.

Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Does exactly what it advertises
short USB 3.0 cable
does not support GPT partitioning
This does exactly what it advertises. I replaced my hard drive with an SSD in my laptop and using that drive with the VE300. The ability to select  and boot any iso is extremely useful. One thing to mention is the drive I plugged in to the zalman was partitioned using GPT in NTFS format, and the enclosure would not detect any iso files. Make sure to reformat and convert  to MBR so that feature functions. Also make sure to update  the firmware from the Zalman support website which recommends partition with the exFAT format. Other than no GPT support (you can still browse and write files on the drive), I had no problems with this enclosure.

Experience: 2 Months
 Verified Owner
-Virtual BD-ROM Drive
-Nested folder support in _ISO for easy organization
-Supplied cable only works intermittently.
No IT support should do without at least one of the ZM-VE products in his/her big bag of tools.

Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Disk Emulator, Size, USB 3.0
Side button/scroll wheel feels fragile.
Awesome gadget. Being able to install OS's without burning disks or creating boot-able USB devices is a huge time saver for IT folks. Its also much faster installing them from a USB 3.0 virtual drive rather then a physical disk.

I also like that the ISO files work from a folder and any spare space is used for standard external drive storage.

It all comes down to how long the wheel on the side holds out. I think id rather see three small buttons or a rocker switch provide the same funtionality rather then this one side wheel. It just feels a little clumsy.

Experience: 7 Days
 Verified Owner
Good features
Drops with supplied cable
USB 3 drops with supplied cable on Asus U36 laptop. Works reliably with WD passport cable from another drive.

Experience: 3 Weeks
 Verified Owner
very cool stuff and vr bd-rom function
the button looks a little bit weak
It's a good gadget especially the bd-rom

Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
sleek look
aluminum body
virtual ODD is a nice feature
no additional power cable required
includes case
no esata
included usb3.0 is a little short
jog dial button hard to press sometimes
Very nice aluminum enclosure. Currently being used with a cheap Agility 3 60GB SSD. No problems so far, very fast (195MB/s Read - 175MB/s Writes according to ATTO using USB3.0 connection). Virtual ODD is a very nice feature. You can load all your setup ISO's onto it which speeds up installs dramatically as it's much faster than an actual optical drive.

Only one cable needed, no extra power needed which I like. Comes with a protective case and a short USB3.0 cable. Would be better if it was longer.

Experience: 6 Weeks
Very fast speed, nice look, the ISO feature is very handy
USB Cable is finicky, doesn't load .cdr or .dmg files
I've had this unit for about 6 weeks now, I use it at work as a SysAdmin for loading ISO files on to servers and workstations as well as for backing up media. I love the speed of the unit, its incredibly fast and I can even load HD videos off of the drive with smooth framerates. I'd recommend getting a 2.5 drive thats faster than 7.5k RPM to take advantage of the USB3.

My major complaint about the unit is how finicky the USB3 cable is. 75% of the time I plug it in windows fails to detect the unit and I have to unplug and replug it back in on the device side several times before it picks it up. If i knock the cable even slightly it will lose power or connectivity to the computer. It's incredibly frustrating.

I would give it a 2star review but I dont have my OrderID number handy.

Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
USB 3.0, works with OCZ Vertex 2 after enclosure firmware update.
no eSATA for direct HDD/SSD connection, like the original iodd2501.
eSATA was really useful on the original iodd2501, for updating HDD/SSD firmware. But I've been waiting for USB 3.0 version for a long time, and this is it! I'm getting 100MB/s read and 70MB/s write speed on OCZ Vertex 2 90GB SSD 1.35 firmware.

Make sure to update  ZM-VE300 with latest firmware from Zalman.
Thank you Zalman for having it available in Canada!

I use this thing to load .iso and floppy images, computer detects it as if it was a real USB DVD-ROM or USB floppy drive. Must have for any comp technician. Haven't tested it with MAC, but the older iodd wasn't able to boot from Mac.

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