|ICY BOX IB-351StUS-B USB & eSATA 3.5" Enclosure|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Thompson "Chip" Terrell IV - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 08 October 2007|
Page 4 of 5
Testing & Results
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.
The Icy Box during testing, note the green power and red activity indicator lights.
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.