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Date: November 4th, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Kingwin
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING



To begin installation, there is a single screw that must be removed from the bottom of the unit. This will release the top of the casing so it can be lifted up to insert the hard drive. Remember to format the drive before installing it in the enclosure.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


With the case open, the drive is inserted into the bay…



…and an additional screw on top of the metal frame secures it inside. Push down the top of the case, replace the screw on the bottom, and that's it. Not a tool-free install, but still pretty quick and easy.


No drivers are required for Windows 2000 and above. If you're still using Windows 98SE, a driver is available for download from Kingwin's website.



The power/activity LED is steady on when idle and flashes during drive activity. The LED isn't as bright as it appears in the picture and hasn't been a distraction for me since I've been using the enclosure.


For testing, I first copied a 4.35GB file between two internal SATA drives on my PC which took 1 minute, 36 seconds. Let's see how that compares to copying the same file to and from the F-35 with a 250GB Western Digital drive installed:


4.35 GB File Transfer (USB 2.0)

 

Time (minutes:seconds)

Write to Enclosure

2:12

Read from Enclosure

2:08


I have used the same drive inside other enclosures and by comparison, the F-35 is as good as any other enclosure I've tested out. Generally it takes approximately two minutes to move a 4.35GB file back and forth between any given enclosure and my test PC. The results from the F-35 are right in line with the other enclosures. Of course, your results may vary but this gives you a general idea of what to expect from a typical home setup.


The outside of the enclosure was only slightly warm to the touch after copying lots of files, and the fans move a decent amount of air so I was not worried about any possible overheating issues. If you are concerned about cooling (due to using a large capacity or high RPM drive), this enclosure will keep it cool and give you that extra peace of mind.

 

 


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