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Date: February 24th, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: SNT
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING



The Silicon Image RAID management software is a straightforward program that lists the status of both drives and some basic info about them. Building an array must be done from the enclosure itself, however. This program is more or less just a monitoring tool.



Remember the “backup sw” button on the front of the enclosure? That is configured with the RAID management program as well. Just browse to the executable file of the software you wish to use and that's all there is to it. Sunnytek included a full version of DriveClone 3.0.5 to backup files, so let's take a closer look at that.



DriveClone has three basic options for backing up files. You can choose individual files/folders, save a complete disk image to an external drive, or clone an exact copy of a hard drive to a second drive. Any of these options would make perfect use of an external enclosure.



Once a backup job has been completed, a few restore options become available. You can restore select files or a complete image of a hard drive. A preview image option is also available to check out the contents of an image before restoring it.


So what kind of performance can we expect out of this enclosure? Let's test it out and see.


I first transferred a 4.35GB file between two internal SATA hard drives in my Windows XP PC. It took 1 minute, 26 seconds. This time was documented to compare it to transfer times using the enclosure (configured in a RAID 1 array).


Using eSATA:


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


4.35GB File Transfer (eSATA)

 

Time (minutes:seconds)

Write to external drive

1:20

Read from external drive

1:18


Using USB 2.0:


The same file transferred to enclosure and back again using USB gave the following results:


4.35GB File Transfer (USB 2.0)

 

Time (minutes:seconds)

Write to external drive

2:42

Read from external drive

2:32


As expected, eSATA was much faster than USB, so it is favorable to use it whenever possible – especially when transferring large files. Otherwise USB works just fine and is found on every PC built in the last several years, making it a more convenient solution for most users. The cables Sunnytek included are plenty long too, which I was pleased to see.

 

 


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