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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

Closer Look: Exterior

The TS07 arrived well protected and unharmed. The packaging itself is quite nice with full color on all sides. You will also notice clearly the advertised 5Gbits USB 3.0 Super Speed transfer rate and 5 Gbits data transfer speed via SATA III interface right on the box.

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The manual includes a multi-language product overview and installation guide. The guide is simple and straight forward. One advantage is that there is no software required to get the TS07 working.

An important limitation noted in the manual is that support is for "SATA hard drive up to 2TB capacity." There also appears to be an error in the manual that suggests "eSata port are requires on your computer"[sic]. The important error being the requirement for eSATA, as there is no eSATA on this device.

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The kit includes a 12VDC plug-in adapter. This adapter is required for the unit to function. I was not able to use the device even with a low power SSD such as the ADATA N004 in place. The N004 functions without any external power normally in any 3.0 port. But, in the TS07 the adapter must be used. The USB 3.0 cable is 40” (101.6mm) long.

The TS07 features an anodized black aluminum exterior with glossy black end-caps. The surface is slightly resistant to the typical fingerprint, but it does retain a slight impression wherever you touch it.

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Below we can see the release mechanism for the tray. Slide the release then push into the case, and the tray will slide out of the other side of the enclosure.

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The TS07 places all of the ports and jacks on one side of the case. The green LED will turn on to indicate the drive is on, and also it will blink on and off to indicate data transfer. In a way I am glad the power LED is on the back end of the case because the blinking would probably be distracting.



 

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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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