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Date: March 30th, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Icy Dock
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH



The lid flips up to expose the inside area where the hard drive will rest. Icy Dock included shock absorption features inside which is good news if you'll be using a standard drive that has moving parts. If a SSD is used this won't matter so much, but either way it's a nice attention to detail.



Adequate ventilation is provided at both the front and back of the unit for warm air to escape. It is all passively cooled which means silent operation.



There isn't much to speak of on the bottom of the unit; however I did want to show it off for the sake of completeness.

 

PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING



Installation requires no tools and is simply a matter of inserting the drive into the enclosure and closing the lid. It's not necessary to snap the drive into place; it will make a connection with the SATA connectors inside when the lid is closed. You're now ready to mount it into a desktop PC or external enclosure!


For testing out transfer speeds, I took the Seagate 160GB hard drive out of my Asus Eee PC 904HA and installed it into the Icy Dock enclosure. Let's see how it does with transferring files.


I first transferred a 4.35GB file between two internal SATA hard drives in my Windows XP PC. It took 1 minute, 33 seconds. The time was documented in order to compare it to the time it takes to transfer the same file to and from the enclosure.


The same 4.35GB file transferred to and from the enclosure gave the following results:


4.35GB File Transfer

 

Time (minutes:seconds)

Write to enclosure

1:39

Read from enclosure

1:37


As we can see from these times, there is little to no performance loss created by using the enclosure. This is good to see since solid state disks are still on the expensive side and those who buy them want to get the best speeds possible out of them.

 

 


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