External Drive Enclosure

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SUMMARY: Compact package for a 2.5″ portable drive enclosure


The good guys at Tagan were nice enough to send a sample of their external hard drive enclosure IB-290 to test out. This houses a 2.5″ SATA drive with USB and eSATA output ports.


Key Features

  • Aluminum sleeve, screwless HD mounting
  • USB and eSATA data transfer
  • USB, USB power and eSATA cables
  • Vinyl carrying case and drive opening tool
  • Power and HD activity LEDs

The little tool that likes like a can opener is used to open the case so you can load a drive. The tool is used to engage two arms which hold the back of the unit in place:


Once you pull out the arms…

Back Arms

the back with the PCB pulls out:


Mount the drive to the PCB, slip it into the case, snap the arms back in place and you’re done.

Performance Test

I tested the Tagan’s IB-290 with a Toshiba 2.5″ SATA drive (MK6034GSX, 60 GB, 5400 rpm) with the following results:

eSATA Port


OK file transfer speed – reflects this drive’s specifications. Note that you need the USB power cable to run the drive using the eSATA port.

USB Port


Typical USB – great for ubiquity, not so great for large files transfers.


Tagan’s Icy Box IB-290 is a nice, compact package for a 2.5″ portable drive enclosure.

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