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Date: August 10th, 2010
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING



Once the two screws on the back of the unit are removed, the HDD tray pulls straight out and the drive can then be attached to the SATA connectors. Be sure to format the drive before installing it inside the enclosure.



The drive is secured by using four screws that attach to the bottom of the tray…



…and once that is complete, the enclosure can be put back together and is ready for use.



No drivers are necessary if you're using Windows ME/2000/XP/Vista/7. The OS will detect and install the drive automatically and it will show up as a hard drive in My Computer. Windows 98 users can download a driver HERE .


For testing, the enclosure will be connected to a USB 2.0 port and a DVD image file that is 4.35 GB in size will be copied to a Western Digital 250GB 7200 RPM drive installed inside the enclosure. Both read and write times will be recorded, and then the process will be repeated with the enclosure attached to a USB 3.0 port.


For comparison, I first copied the file between two SATA II drives in my test PC running Windows XP SP3. It took 1 minute, 25 seconds. With that time in mind, let's see how much time can be saved (or wasted) by using USB 2.0 and 3.0.


Here are the results of the first test using USB 2.0:


4.35GB File Transfer (USB 2.0)

 

Time (minutes:seconds)

Write to external drive

2:06

Read from external drive

2:01


And here are the results using USB 3.0:


4.35GB File Transfer (USB 3.0)

 

Time (minutes:seconds)

Write to external drive

1:21

Read from external drive

1:15


Based on the results of this real-world test, we can see how much faster USB 3.0 really is. What's really impressive is the fact that speeds were right up there with the SATA II interface! This will make file transfers and backups to an external drive a much quicker process while keeping the familiarity and convenience of USB we've all come to know and love.


Of course, your results may vary, but this gives a general idea of what to expect from this enclosure when used with a typical home PC.

 

 


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