Best of Both Worlds with Plugable Portable Drive Enclosure

The USBC-SATA-E is an affordable way to convert an internal 2.5″ SSD into a blazing fast, portable, and durable external drive. This enclosure has the best compatibility on the market via included cables for both newer USB Type-C computers and the ubiquitous USB Type-A connector.

Today we round out Plugable’s popular USB SATA storage line with the Plugable USB 3.1 Gen 2 SATA 2.5″ Portable Drive Enclosure (USBC-SATA-E).

The USBC-SATA-E is an aluminum enclosure designed to protect your 2.5″ internal SATA SSDs and HDDs while providing USB 3.1 Gen 2 transfer speeds in a convenient portable form factor. This enclosure shares the same ASMedia 1351 chipset as our popular USBC-SATA-V dock and USBC-SATA24 adapter cable, and draws power from any USB port. No additional power supply required!

Thanks to USB 3.1 Gen 2’s 10Gbps theoretical max speeds, SATA hard drives are no longer throttled by USB 3.0’s 5Gbps connection speeds. Now your SATA drive is the bottleneck with SATA III theoretical max at 6Gbps. In other words, your SSDs can now perform just as fast from the outside of your computer as from the inside.

This means that your 2.5″ drives can unlock USB 3.1 Gen 2 transfer speeds over both USB-C and USB-A ports with compatible devices. We include a USB-C cable for new USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports, as well as a USB-A cable for legacy USB 3.0 and below ports. Both cables fully support the latest USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard.

The USBC-SATA-E is an affordable way to convert an internal 2.5″ SSD into a blazing fast, portable, and durable external USB drive. It can also give new life to unused internal laptop hard drives as a portable backup solution. We love pairing this enclosure with our Samsung 850 Pro SSDs, because we can achieve read/write speeds in our labs that are BEYOND Samsung’s published max speeds!

The USBC-SATA-E is plug-and-play ready for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It supports all 2.5″ SATA SSD drives and most 2.5″ HDD drives with 5V power draw and up to 11mm thick.

We recommend the Plugable USBC-SATA-V for drives that are 3.5″, thicker than 11mm, or that require 12V power draw.

For more information, please visit our Plugable USBC-SATA-E product page.

We would love to share notes about your Plugable performance speeds. How fast can you go? Leave your comments below!

The Drive has a USB-C connector, and we include both USB-C to USB-C cable and USB-C to USB-A cable, so this enclosure works with any computer, new or old, with USB.

The Plugable USBC-SATA-E cable is available in USA, Canada, most of Europe, and Japan. See the product page for buying options. If you have any questions at all, please just email – we’re happy to help!

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