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Written by Thompson "Chip" Terrell IV - Edited by Olin Coles   
Monday, 08 October 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
ICY BOX IB-351StUS-B USB & eSATA 3.5" Enclosure
Closer Look
Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

Most system enclosures and cases are designed to hold as many as six or eight hard drives for the purpose of setting up RAID arrays. I, personally, have found that aside from portability, the best use of a single external hard drive is either the complete or selective backup of the internal system hard drives. Therefore, since the external drive enclosure is truly a simple component, I chose a simple, real world test. Using Windows' OS Backup Utility and insuring both interfaces worked properly, I selectively backed up 42GBs first using the USB interface and then the eSATA interface. Windows' Backup Utility has a feature that confirms the successful transfer of data. Although using the Backup Utility increases the duration of the data transfer, the additional time is well worth it.

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The Icy Box during testing, note the green power and red activity indicator lights.

Test System

  • Motherboard: Asus A8N-SLI Premium
  • Processor: AMD Athlon FX-60 @ 3.0 GHz (235 MHz FSB)
  • Cooling: Tuniq Tower 120 CPU cooler
  • Memory: 2 GB OCZ DDR400 Platinum @ 235MHz
  • GPU: 2 XFX 8800GTS 640MB clocked @ 575MHz Core / 1350MHz Shader / 875MHz Memory (in SLI)
  • Hard Disk 1: Western Digital 150MB Raptor X 10,000 RPM SATA
  • Hard Disk 2: Western Digital 250MB Caviar 7,200 RPM SATA
  • Disk Drive: Asus 16x CD/DVD ROM ATAPI
  • Optical Drive: Samsung 16x 5xRAM DVD RW IDE
  • Enclosure: Antec P180 Mid-Tower (with 4x120mm / 1x80mm cooling fans)
  • PSU: OCZ 1000PXS ATX Pro X Stream
  • Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP-2

Results

The ICY BOX operated without flaw or incident during testing. Download of the 42GBs via the USB cable required a total of 58 minutes. Confirmation of the seamless data transfer was provided by the Windows' XP Backup Utility. eSATA accomplished the 42GB data transfer in a mere 21 minutes, and as expected, decreased the data transfer time of the USB 2.0 interface by 63.8%. Again, Windows' XP Backup Utility confirmed success of the data backup.



 

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