One of the things that was on my recent shopping list, was an Icy Box. I tend not to put my backup disks, that I use for manual backup, in my PC case, so an external casing like this is required.
Since the recent purchase was a 250 GB SATA disk, I needed an external enclosure that supported this connection so the external casing I bought 2 years ago wouldn’t do.
Assembling the enclosure was quite easy, but there were a few design faults.
First up was opening the case. This was as easy as it gets, just unscrew 4 thumb-screws and you take the whole top off like that.
The sides of the case are a fine metal grill, done so for heatdispersion. Which is actually good, because with completely closed casings the harddisks get very hot, very fast. And since heat is the second most likely reason for your hard disk to die (after under-voltage and not counting factory errors of course) this seems like a good choice. But… you can’t fasten your disks from the side, so this has to be done from the bottom. You see where we’re going with this. The grils aren’t fastened so they fall out. Now that isn’t a big deal, you just put them back in, but if you don’t knew that would happen you might start thinking your brand new product is starting to fall appart already.
Four screws at the bottom fasten the harddisk nicely in place.
I chose to put the Seagate I purchased to be put in the enclosure. Since the Seagate only has 8MB of cache in comparisan to the Western Digital’s 16MB, it made sence to keep the Seagate as backup.
I’m getting a solid 14 MB/second out of it, which isn’t bad since it’s about the same speed as I get from a disk to disk write (not partitions) between internal SATA disks.
Now I’m doing this over USB 2. There is however another option. With the Icy Box comes a backpanel that fits in a PCI slot at the back of your PC to patch though a SATA connection from your mainboard directly to the disk. This should be faster, but I haven’t tested it yet, since I don’t have any space left at the back of my PC to put such a panel. Also the red write-LED won’t function on the enclosure, but the disk activity LED of you PC casing will take over this function. No big deal, but it has it’s own mention in the manual, so I guess it’s important enough 😀
Anyway… A nice doubling in backup space. Guess this should do for another year.