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UGREEN USB C 2.5" hard drive enclosure - An affordable solution for keeping alive the HDD/SSD of dead laptops

UGREEN USB C 2.5'' hard drive enclosure and USB cable (Source: Own)
UGREEN USB C 2.5'' hard drive enclosure (Source: Own)
Thanks to the UGREEN USB C 2.5" hard drive enclosure, turning old HDDs and SSDs into external storage solutions is very easy to do, not to mention affordable. At less than US$25, this accessory supports drives up to 6 TB in size and transfer rates of up to 6 Gbps.

Although this is now a regular review or hands-on article, before moving on I should thank UGREEN for sending over the USB C 2.5" hard drive enclosure that I needed to revive the hard drive of my deceased Asus K70AB laptop, namely a decade-old 320 GB Seagate Momentus 5400.6. Now, let's take a closer look at this handy storage accessory and try to keep in mind that this is not an advertorial, just my honest thoughts after a few weeks of use.

The UGREEN USB C 2.5" hard drive enclosure is just one of the many such accessories currently fielded by this Chinese brand. It requires no tools to install a 2.5" hard drive (SSDs are also supported) and can accommodate drives up to 6 TB in size. The chipset is ASMedia's ASM1352R with USB Attached SCSI Protocol and TRIM support, so the users of this storage accessory can take full advantage of their SSDs capabilities. The speeds supported can hit 6 Gbps but I was not able to test this due to the slowness of my hard drive.

The retail package includes one USB-A to USB-C cable (USB 3.1 Gen 2 and backward compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0) and the enclosure itself, so if you need a USB-C to USB-C cable, you will have to purchase one. For just US$24, the UGREEN USB C 2.5" hard drive enclosure looks and feels great (a big plus for the high-quality, UGREEN-branded cable included in the package). 

Although it got a few scratches and the plastic part is a fingerprint magnet, I can say that I had no problems with the UGREEN USB C 2.5" enclosure overall — the drive inside it never encountered any temperature issues, it never disconnected by itself, and data transfers went smoothly without any hiccups. For a closer look, you can check my shots and the official video presentation below. As usual, feel free to share your thoughts with the rest of us in the comments section.


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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5566 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2020-09- 6 (Update: 2020-09- 6)