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Written by Marc Fruchtman   
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 Enclosure
Closer Look: Exterior
Closer Look: Interior
Testing Methodology
Test Results: ATTO DISK BENCHMARK
Test Results: CrystalDiskMark
Test Results: Everest Disk Benchmark
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

SilverStone Treasure TS07 HDD Enclosure Review

Manufacturer: SilverStone Technology
Product Name: Treasure TS07
Model Number: SST-TS07B
Price As Tested: $39.99 (NewEgg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by SilverStone Technology.

The TS07 External 3.5” HDD enclosure allows you to grab one of the many 3.5” mechanical hard drives you might happen to have laying around, and use it as instant portable storage as long as you have access to a USB port. The device clearly performs better with USB 3.0 over 2.0. Of course, if you happen to have 3.5” SSDs laying around, then you can use those too.

SilverStone was founded in 2003, and has a very long list of products that it has manufactured, from mice and fans to computer cases and power supplies. SilverStone's philosophy is to ensure that their “expertise is delivered to all products with consistency, in response to user's needs and with maximum user satisfaction.SilverStone has its headquarters in Taiwan, and branch offices in the USA, and Germany.

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This 3.5" hard disk drive enclosure has a black anodized aluminum body with glossy black plastic end-caps and a clear stand. The concept is simple, open the case, plug in your SATA 3.5" drive, and via 5Gbit/s USB 3.0 super speed interface you get access to your data. Or is it that simple? Benchmark Reviews plugs the SilverStone TS07 External USB 3.0 enclosure in and tests it out.

SilverStone TS07 Features

  • 5Gbits USB 3.0 Super Speed transfer rate.

  • Support 3.5” SATA III SSD or hard drive

  • An entirely tool-less design.

  • Maximum compatibility with USB2.0 (480Mbits)

*Features and certification per Box literature.

SilverStone TS07 Specifications

Case Type

Aluminum+Plastic

Color

Black

Dimensions

193mm(D) x 128mm(W) x 35mm(H) (7.59" x 5.03" x 1.37")

Weight

340g

HDD Size Support

3.5" hard drive or 3.5" SSD

HDD Interface Support

SATA hard drive
Minimum System Requirements Windows XP, Vista, 7
Mac OS 10.x
Linux
Computer with USB 3.0 super speed or USB 2.0 interface
Enclosure Interface USB3.0 (Max. 5Gbit/s) compatible with USB 2.0
Power Requirement 12VDC

*Features and certification per SilverStone product literature at website.



 

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# only ~212MB read and ~170MB/s write!?danwat1234 2011-10-16 21:43
Ya, well I'd need an enclosure that can actually take full or near-full advantage of the USB 3 interface, so that it'd be future proof.
Modern mechanical drives will soon reach over 200MB/s STR so this enclosure will be a bottleneck for new huge drives.

THanks for the review!

PS: Does it support drives larger than 2TB drives? I see a lot of enclosures on newegg that say they only support up to a 2TB drive, however I thought the only hardware limitation is LBA, and 48-bit LBA has been around for like 10 years now so all enclosures should support 48-bit LBA.
Maybe it's because of the microprocessor's internal firmware that some enclosures have this limitation.
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# only ~212MB read and ~170MB/s write!?ozone 2011-10-18 13:07
well then I guess you won't be making any computer hardare purchases at all in the future, because as technology advances, all your current hardware will be a bottleneck, so why go out to buy anything, you will always be disappointed sooner or later!
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# RE: SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 EnclosureMergatroid 2011-10-17 18:18
Just what we need, yet ANOTHER USB 2.0 hard drive enclosure (like there aren't enough on the market already).

Personally I prefer a hard drive dock/caddy so you can plug hard drives in and swap them out for other hard drives. Cost about the same too.
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# RE: RE: SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 Enclosurenoneurbuss 2011-10-17 21:17
says it supports usb 3.0 and 2.0 so......
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# RE: RE: SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 EnclosureDavid Ramsey 2011-10-17 21:20
If you look at the photo of the back, the blue, specially configured USB 3.0 plug is clearly evident...
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# RE: RE: SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 EnclosureOlin Coles 2011-10-17 21:20
I sometimes wonder if we have more website 'visitors' than we have 'readers'. It's SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compatible... it's even in the title.
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# RE: SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 Enclosureozone 2011-10-18 13:02
Uh I guess you don't know how to read, the enclosure has a USB 3.0 interface which is compatible with USB 2.0 connections [PC/HTPC/whatever], so if you don't have USB 3.0 hardware, it will connect at USB 2.0 speeds.......just what we need, another troll!!
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# Doh!Mergatroid 2011-10-18 15:05
Says it all. Still, just another enclosure. I'll stick with my external 3.0 dock/caddy
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# RE: SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 EnclosureMack 2011-10-19 15:11
An enclosure serves the purpose of protecting the drive.
While a dock is very useful, it does not protect the drive.

Docks are great for SSDs and drives that are already protected.
Most 3.5" drives have exposed electronics, making it pretty useless for a dock.
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# AlmostMergatroid 2011-10-19 17:43
Actually, those enclosures offer no protection at all from drops. The best that can be said is they offer spillage protection, however any that have vents wouldn't even offer that. I would add static protection to the list, but USB drives still have an exposed port when not plugged in.

I have found that my hard drives require basically zero added protection. I have bought a couple of $2 cases for them to use while they're not plugged in (thus offering just as much protection as an enclosure). This is vastly superior to having a single drive enclosure for every hard drive. Add to this that many cases now come with hot swap bays, and often I can just bring a hard drive to a client or friend and it will just plug into their system. It's also less expensive to just purchase another hard drive over another complete enclosure, and I don't have the added mess of multiple power supplies and multiple USB cables. It's way easier to pull a hard drive and plug another in compared to having to pull out another enclosure and power brick and plug them in.

It's FAR from useless for 3.5" drives.
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# RE: SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 EnclosureMack 2011-10-19 23:23
The comment about USB enclosures not protecting the drive from drops also applies to $2 covers.
I am not sure I understand your $2 cover idea...
Your removing the cover when you plug them in?
I don't think that is a very good idea for "Most Users".

Its fair to say, that it is useful to have a docking station for hard drives that are protected. If you can get $2 covers for your hard drives that also work during docking, then a docking station does make good sense. Otherwise, its just a failure waiting to happen for the "average user". Perhaps you are willing to take that risk.

The ease of use of a docking station with "protected" drives is apparent.

Your situation applies to a very small segment of people who happen to have hot swap bays. For the general population who don't even open their cases, a USB enclosure makes a lot of sense.

I would even say HD "Enclosure" with a docking station makes sense.
But a bare drive, that you need to expose and dock... really ?
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