When I first started the review things were going really well for me. Of course, things seem to always take a turn for the worst. Shortly after getting all of the pictures taken for the review, I lost the system that I wrote reviews on. Water cooling failure is NOT fun at all.
So for a couple of weeks I spent my free time getting things setup up again on a new system. Some major hardware needed to be replaced. Since I had most of the pictures and data on an external drive, moving all that information to a new system was not that difficult.
Here is the drive attached and ready to test with a WD 500GB drive.
Anyone think I need more drives?
Both speeds were batched on Windows XP & Vista.
If your system is in a small case and has ran out of drive bays, this enclosure does let you connect via the eSATA port from your motherboard (if you have one), or add one with the kit supplied with the enclosure. Drive indexing is a lot faster using the native SATA with a score of 77 vs. the 34 with USB.
Some motherboards let you have hot swappable sata drives, and would show up on the remove hardware list. Right now only thing that is showing up is my card reader.
Over the last few weeks of system failure, having the enclosure has worked out with recovering data. I do like having a HDD enclosure around for disasters and they are great for moving my data to and from work. The indexing on the drive was quicker, but not as quick on the random access test. Installing a drive is simple and doesn't take much to do like most enclosures.Rosewill does send everything you would need to use the drive enclosure with USB or eSATA, minus the hard drive.
Thanks to Rosewill for sending over this sample!