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Date: September 23rd, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: In Win
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH



Two screws on the end of the enclosure release the rubber casing so it can be pushed out from the other end. Time to install a drive and continue on...

 

PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING



Installation is very simple; the drive is placed into the rubber casing and attached to the SATA connector. The entire assembly is then inserted back into the enclosure housing.



After plugging in the enclosure to an open USB port on your computer, the OS will automatically install it. You can then use it as a normal enclosure or activate the RFID security. If you choose to activate it, just pass one of the keys over the sensor. The Ammo will beep and the LED indicator will turn green to indicate it's active.


For testing, I have installed a Seagate 160GB 5400 RPM drive inside the enclosure


It's now time to copy files and record the time it takes to transfer them to and from the enclosure. To begin, I copied a 4.35GB file between two internal SATA drives in my test PC running Windows XP SP3. It took 1 minute, 36 seconds. Let's compare that to the time it takes to copy the same file to the enclosure:


4.35 GB File Transfer (USB 2.0)

 

Time (minutes:seconds)

Write to Enclosure

12:34

Read from Enclosure

2:09


It did take quite a while to copy a file to the enclosure but that's due to the drive itself, not the Ammo. A faster drive than what I'm using would result in faster write speeds. Enabling RFID security didn't seem to affect the copy process either way transfer times were never off more than a couple seconds when the security was enabled versus having it disabled. And obviously since there are no fans, there is no noise generated from the enclosure. I was able to hear the drive spin up, but that's it.

 

 


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