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Do you have a spare 2.5 inch SATA capable hard drive that is lying around? Maybe you upgraded your laptop hard drive and don’t want to put the old one to waste? Well, VANTEC has the solution for you! Their EZ Swap EX external hard drive enclosure for 2.5 inch SATA hard drives allows you to use small and portable drives in cartridge like fashion with your standard desktop systems.

The one thing that stands out about the EZ Swap EX enclosure is that it also comes with a caddy to will allow you to ‘dock’ it into your desktop tower with ease. It’s almost like having an old school tape backup system, only that it’s not tape, but a much faster hard drive. The EZ Swap EX supports both eSATA and USB 2.0 connections which is handy for transferring larger files between computers.

What’s In The Box?


The following items come with the Vantec EZ Swap EX hard drive enclosure:

  • EZ Swap EX Enclosure
  • 5.25” Bay Mounting Bracket
  • 3.5” Bay Insertion Rack
  • USB Cable
  • SATA Cable
  • Power Cable (USB)
  • Installation Screws
  • Carrying Bag
  • Manual

No driver CD is required because the unit plugs in via USB or SATA and acts just like a regular external storage drive. It was a little odd not to see some fancy backup software packaged with it, but typically, we toss it and use our own stuff anyway.

Features and Specifications

As taken from the VANTEC USA website…


The Vantec EZ Swap EX comes in two versions: The MRK-250ST which is SATA/USB and the MRK-250FD which is IDE/USB.

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