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Date: August 30th, 2010
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Vantec
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH



USB 3.0 cables are noticeably thicker than USB 2.0 cables due to four additional wires inside that are required for the new standard. The blue color inside the connectors indicates SuperSpeed compatibility.



After removing two screws on the back of the unit, the HDD tray pulls straight out. Note the cable for the power LED; this must be connected before putting everything back together.


With the walk-through complete, let's move on to installation and see how this enclosure performs.

 

PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING



You can use any SATA hard drive up to 2TB in size with the enclosure. It is secured to the bottom of the tray using four screws. No fans are installed on this unit; cooling is done passively.



Don't forget to connect the LED cable before closing everything up. It's a little tricky connecting it due to the small space you have to work in, but I managed it without too much trouble.



Once everything is put back together, the enclosure can be connected to a PC and powered on. A blue LED will light up at the bottom of the unit indicating power and will blink during drive activity. No drivers are required for Windows XP and later operating systems.


For testing, I first copied a file that is 4.35GB in size between two SATA II drives in my test PC running Windows 7 Home Premium with all updates installed. It took 1 minute, 30 seconds. The same file was then transferred from the test PC to the Vantec enclosure and back again. Let's see how transfers using SATA II compares to USB 2.0, and then USB 3.0.


Here are the results using USB 2.0:


4.35GB File Transfer (USB 2.0)

 

Time (minutes:seconds)

Write to external drive

2:04

Read from external drive

2:06


And here are the results using USB 3.0:


4.35GB File Transfer (USB 3.0)

 

Time (minutes:seconds)

Write to external drive

1:24

Read from external drive

1:17


As we can see from these results, USB 3.0 performed just as well as SATA II and easily surpassed USB 2.0. In fact, transfer times between USB 3.0 and SATA II were just about equal. That's pretty amazing results and the best part is there's no learning curve - USB 3.0 works exactly the same as previous installments of USB.

 

 


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