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Zalman ZM-VE300 External HDD Case

100% Positive Reviews


Pros: Virtualization of ISO files, easy setup, 2 screw installation, comes with a nice case

Cons: bad usb 3.0 cable upon arrival, can be a fingerprint magnet without the case

This enclosure had been on my radar for quite a while, but it wasn't until I was actually working in the IT field that I could justify the extra cost over one of the cheaper enclosures with USB 3.0 support for less than half the cost. At the time of review the enclosure cost $42 USD, but it is well worth it. The setup of this thing is stupid simple. Install the hard drive with 2 screws, make the _ISO folder and load it up with all of your iso files. They included 4 screws (2 extra) along with a mediocre undersized screw driver, but if you have your own tools available you will probably just toss the included screwdriver aside.
Often times I would image laptops at work which required 2 things, 1. a bootable usb drive with either Hirens boot cd or ultimate boot cd and 2. a hard drive formatted in NTFS or exfat to contain the images which were often times larger than 15GB. This enclosure really simplifies things a bit with smashing these 2 items into 1.
Within 3 days of purchasing this enclosure I had used it about 3 times a day, 33% of the time just solely for booting ISO files. I had imaged 2 machines, installed windows 7 from scratch, and installed office on a couple machines just with the use of this enclosure. My boss liked it so much he decided to order 2 for employee use, I had purchased this one on my own before that.

I can go on and on about scenarios that this product is just superior than the alternatives of burning discs, formatting usb drives to make bootable, etc... There are a couple cons though. The usb 3.0 cable looked solid out of the box, it would connect up to my computer and the drive was recognized right away. When I attempted to copy a file to it, it would crap out after about 3 seconds of transfer time. I swapped it with the cable from my Western Digital 1TB and all was well. Second con I noticed, a very small one at that, is the brushed aluminum finish can attract fingerprints easily. Not a problem considering Zalman was thoughtful enough to give you a good quality leather case that conveniently has a spot for just the screen to poke out. The connection is also at the top so there is nothing stopping you from using this drive in its case every time you use it.

So in conclusion if you find yourself burning more than 1 cd/dvd a week, or formatting a bootable usb from an iso file on a regular basis, this thing will pay for itself with the time you save in just a matter of days. Beware of the usb cable, wouldn't be a bad idea to find one on ebay to pair with this enclosure if you do get a bad cable. Setup is stupid simple, it will only take you 5 minutes to be up and running, minus the time of transferring files to the drive obviously. You will not be disappointed with this purchase.
Zalman ZM-VE300 External HDD Case

Material: Aluminum Alloy, Acryl, Poly Carbonate Dimensions: 135.3(L) x 78.6(W) x 13.1(H) mm Internal Interface: SATA I/II Fan: No Specifications: Internal Interface: USB1.1 Max. 12Mbps USB2.0 Max. 480Mbps USB3.0 Max. 5.0Gbps Features: VE300 supports Virtual ODD which can be used as CD-ROM, DVD, and Blu-ray Drive for convenient booting. One Touch Backup & Safe Removal Convenient & Intuitive Menus Aluminum Body for Enhanced Cooling & Elegance External HDD case has a subcompact design for portability and takes up minimal desk space. Plug-and-Play Convenient Travel Pouch Provided Screw Driver Provided for Case Disassembly & HDD Installation. Operating Systems Supported: Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, VISTA, 7 / Mac OS / Linux Weight: 96g

ManufacturerZalman Tech Co., Ltd
Model NumberZM-VE300
ClassificationExternal Enclosure
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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