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-- Posted by: dave303
-- Posted on: 2005-01-05
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Now with the drive installed we will need to see if it performs as nicely as it looks. I set it up next to all my other USB drives. Since I have not used the drive in a system before, I formatted it and set it up in Windows.

As this will be plugged into my game machine for now, I used NTFS as the file system, and here it is as my G drive. (Click to enlarge image)

 

 

 

 

Now that we are all set up and it is recognized by Windows, we should be able to start using it and test it to see how well it performs. SiSoftware Sandra 2005.SR3 is used for the testing.

Since I did look at the speed of some of the other drives I had a few days earlier, I will show you the results of the SATA drive in my machine as well. So the speed of the disk access and everything is the same as it would be in my system (unless I started using a RAID setup).

Comparing this enclosure to ones I have used in the past, I would say this is one of the best built and easiest to use. The casing is strong and it doesn't feel like your going to break it when installing the drive or pushing it into the stand. The clips which hold the front end on are able to keep it on and the hard drive doesn't push them off at all. The only thing that I would like to see changed is that the side with the Laureate logo has 4 brass housings for the screws to hold the drive cage down showing through. I wish Enermax would either cover them up or not drill all of the way through the casing. Apart from this small flaw, I would recommend this housing to anyone who wants a good, strong external hard drive case.



Pros:

  • Strong Case
  • Blue LED (Saves me from having to change it)
  • PATA & SATA compatible
  • Speed is on par with normal drives.


Cons:

  • Unsightly screw holes on the side of the case.

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