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Date: December 30th, 2008
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: In Win
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING



Once the cage is removed, the drive is inserted and secured with four screws.



Rubber sound dampeners are included to minimize vibration, and they work very well. Once the drive is secure, it can be placed back into the enclosure and is ready to be plugged in and powered up.



A white LED shines through the lid indicating power and it will also blink during drive usage. It is not overly bright, so if you're working in a dimly lit environment it won't be an annoyance.


For testing out transfer speeds, a large file was transferred to and from the enclosure and the times recorded. For an everyday comparison, I first transferred a 4.35GB file between two internal SATA hard drives in my Windows XP PC. It took 1 minute, 37 seconds. Let's see how that compares to transferring files to and from the enclosure first using USB 2.0, then using eSATA:

 

 

 


4.35GB File Transfer (USB 2.0)

 

Time (minutes:seconds)

Write to enclosure

2:09

Read from enclosure

2:14

 

4.35GB File Transfer (eSATA)

 

Time (minutes:seconds)

Write to enclosure

1:30

Read from enclosure

1:32

 
USB and eSATA are my two favorite interfaces to use for transferring files. I like the convenience of USB because I know that no matter where I end up I'm not going to be far from a computer with a USB port. It is the simple, plug-and-play goodness we've all come to know and love.


Now if I should happen to be at a computer with an eSATA port, I know I can take advantage of the high speeds that it offers (theoretical 3 GB per second). Even though real world speeds are usually nowhere near that, eSATA is still much faster than USB 2.0, Firewire 400, and Firewire 800.


The Na showed good times for both interfaces and this is a prime example of how much faster eSATA is than USB. My only complaint is with the eSATA cable that In Win provided. It is too short to be of any real use, so do yourself a favor and plan on buying a longer cable to use with this enclosure.

 

 


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