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-- Enermax Glory External Hard Disk Enclosure
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: dave303
-- Posted on: 2006-08-22
-- Price: ~ $67.99 USD
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The Glory will be tested on the AMD64 game system. As I plug the enclosure in, the AMD64 rig recognizes it through the plug & play function, but at the end it did not work. Thinking there might be some special drivers on the CD that came with it, I loaded up the Enermax software. I also uninstalled the mass storage device through the computer management screens, which did not help. Watching the whole process, there is a short period that it says its an Enermax device and then goes to Mass Storage with the yellow triangle and ! mark. I double checked the cables to the hard drive and the USB cable to make sure things are plugged in correctly. I noticed that one of the LED's on the front is red.

I try it out on one of my other computers and ran into the same issue as before. So I am thinking there might be an issue with the drive. I grab a spare USB enclosure and move the drive from one to the other and it works fine, My old game system install is still there and all of the files are accessable. I move it back over to the Glory case and try it a second time. I noticed that once I power it on the LED that was red before is now green. So I assume I may have had a loose cable.

Now with that delay out of the way I will say they really need to say more about that LED. There is nothing in the manual that talks about it.

Here's the test rig specs:

CPU AMD 3500+ 64 bit
Mother Board A8N-SLI-Deluxe
RAM 2 gigs Patriot LLC (4 x 512)
HDD 300 Gig Maxtor Drive (16 cache)
DVD Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-110D
Video MSI NX6600GT x2 in SLI

For testing purposes, I will be using Sisoftware Sandra Lite.

As always, get the new version of the SiSoftware Sandra Lite for the benchmark of the drives. This version has a few new features that give you more information on what is what on the speed of the disk. Let's take a look at the read times.

Next we look at the write times. It only shows my drive on this one, as the reference drives and my drive was not wiped clean before hand.

Last one is the standard bar graph with my drive being the green line.

The letter marking on the front again are listed as:

  • "D" for data or customize version of the back up
  • "OS" for OS back up
  • "R" for restore

Time to see what happens when you press the "D" button. It comes to a screen that looks like the following with the choice of browse or all files. I tried accessing the backup software without the buttons and was not able to.

Let's try the customized option. I will back up my desktop and almost all of "My Documents" minus the Alcohol 120% directory since it's empty.

Since there was not that much there it was almost 50% done by the time I was able to take a screen shot of it.

When it is done it ends with the screen below and you can see what was not backed up and what was in the log. It skipped over about 9 files that I had in my documents folder, mainly .exe and .ini files.

Looking at the drive after the backup was done I found a directory called "Backup" with a full tree of what I had on the other drive.

Overall the Glory from Enermax has worked as expected. I do think they need to make sure that you know what the lights are for. It would have been a bit quicker troubleshooting if they said something regarding the lights. The backup software is a nice option for keeping data files backed up. I would like to be able to access the backup software via Windows as well as pressing the buttons. They want you to unplug any other USB storage device before using the backup software so it doesn't get confused. They also mention to only use it on one system as it can cause problems if used over a span of different machines.


Pros:

  • Has backup software with it
  • One touch buttons make backups easy
  • Good solid stand
  • Easy to install hard disk drives


  • Cons:

  • Poor documentation's on the LED status
  • Backup software only access able via the buttons

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