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miniSwap/U3: Bus Powered, Trayless, Hot-Swap, 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 Enclosure

No tray required, just insert a bare SSD or 2.5" SATA hard drive and close the bay door!

The miniSwap/U3 is a revolutionary new product designed to meet the needs of computer professionals on the go. This new, bus-powered, data storage device offers performance as high as 440MB/s, which is more than twice the speed of typical USB 3.0 enclosures. The miniSwap/U3 is compatible with the new 5 Gbit/s USB 3.0 ports found on 2012 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini and iMac while also backward compatible with legacy USB 2.0 ports. The small size of the miniSwap/U3 allows it to be held in the palm of your hand or transported easily in a small computer case. At less than one pound, the miniSwap/U3 offers more performance power for its size than any other FirmTek product. FirmTek customers who enjoy the power of SSD and the portability and quiet operation of 2.5" storage devices will appreciate the miniSwap/U3.

The miniSwap supports many different 2.5-inch disk capacities. With a single 1TB SATA HDD installed, the miniSwap can hold up to 84 hours of HDV 1080i, 17 hours of DVCPRO HD 1080/60i or 10 hours of ProRes 422 HQ. Huge storage capacity plus an ultra small footprint makes the miniSwap a great travel companion for photographers and video professionals. The durable silver aluminum miniSwap/U3 looks great with the Apple computers and excels with audio/video editing, computer animation, digital photography, portable computing, storage expansion, backup and any application where external, trayless, hot swap, high performance data storage is desirable.

Low Noise, Energy Efficient Design: The air-cooled miniSwap design is able to protect the disk using a built-in enhanced airflow system. Heat generated around the bottom and sides of the drive dissipates through the well-vented aluminum enclosure. This process offers the ultimate in quiet operation. Just slide in the drive, close the bay door and your data is ready to be accessed. This simple, yet robust mounting feature allows photographers and audio-video professionals to mount drives even in low light conditions, whether in the field or in the office, without the need for tools. The miniSwap trayless design offers support for 2.5" disk heights of 7mm, 9.5mm and even larger disks up to 14.9mm.

Surface Pro High-Speed Storage Expansion: Microsoft's Surface Pro tablets come in two storage capacities, 64GB and 128GB, but for most customers this is not enough. A flash drive can add a little extra storage, but the miniSwap/U3 offers performance more than 400% faster than typical USB 3.0 flash drives and virtually unlimited storage capacity. Hot swap drives in and out of the miniSwap/U3 for superior flexibility, high-performance (up to 400MB/s) and high-capacity large drive support. The small form factor of the miniSwap/U3 makes it an outstanding portable accessory for Surface Pro owners.


Hardware Requirements
  • USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 host port
Operating Systems Supported
  • System independent
  • Cross-platform, Macintosh, PC, and Linux compatible
  • Advanced Performance requires OS support for UASP
    (Mac OS X 10.7.x or higher and Windows 8)
Enclosure Capacity
  • Single 2.5-inch Trayless hot-swappable drive bay
External Connector
  • USB 3.0 Micro-B Port
Cable Supported
  • USB 3.0 cable with Type A to Micro-B connectors
Drive Types Supported
  • 2.5-inch Serial ATA hard drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD)
  • Supports 7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm, 14.9mm drive heights
  • Any capacity
Data Transfer Rates
  • Up to 500 Mbytes/second or 5 Gbps burst data
Advanced Data Features
  • Compliant with USB 3.0 Specification Revision 1.0 and 2.0
  • Compliance with Serial ATA Specification Revision 3.0
  • RAID arrays can span across multiple enclosures (Mac OS X)
  • One year limited parts & labor
Enclosure Dimensions
  • 170.5 mm (L) x 23.9 mm (H) x 97 mm (W)
Enclosure Weight
  • Enclosure: 13.4 oz (without hard drives)
  • Silver Aluminum
Status LED
  • No Drive Detected - LED is Green
  • Drive Detected - LED is Blue
  • Drive Activity - Blue LED Blinks
  • Supports Bus Power
  • Optional Universal power adapter:
  • Input: 105 - 240 VAC; 50-60Hz
  • Output: 5V 2.0A (10 Watts)
  • Operation Temperature: +41F to +131F ( +5C to +55C)
  • Compliant
EMC Compliance
  • EN55022/1998, EN55024/1998 (European Community)
  • FCC Part 15 Class B (US)
Package Contents

  • One miniSwap/U3 enclosure
  • One USB 3.0 cable with Micro-B connector
  • Four rubber feet
  • One CD-ROM containing the miniSwap/U3 User Manual
miniSwap/U3 with Storage Bundle Option
  • MS-U3-SSD240 ($329.95) Includes miniSwap/U3 and a High-Performance Solid State Drive

miniSwap/U3 Enclosure

miniSwap/U3: Bus Powered, Trayless, Hot-Swap, 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 Enclosure MS-U3$99.95