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  Product:     Bytecc Aluminum 3.5" HDD Mobile Enclosure  
  Price:     $58 (CAN) / $45 (U.S)  
  Supplied By:     Bytecc
  Author:     Shatterstar
  Date:     January 18th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Steven from Bytecc for sending the Aluminum 3.5" HDD Mobile Enclosure for review.

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Introduction:

Have you ever wanted to use that older hard drive but didnít desire to lose room inside your new case? Or have you wished for the ability to transfer large amounts of data quickly without any hassle? Or adding external storage without the high cost associated with it? There are different ways to answer the following questions and accomplish the above, all with their own advantages and disadvantages. Memory cards, disk-on-keys and USB memory sticks are all effortless components to carry yet donít offer much capacity. External hard drives and CD-RWís offer more storage capacity but at a greater cost. An external hard drive enclosure is a variation of the external hard drive products offered on the market. This solution allows you to use an internal hard drive externally and provides a simple and quick connection. Consumers are able to select storage capacity requirements and recycle old hardware by lowering the cost of having external storage. Today in MTB Labs, we will be evaluating an Aluminum 3.5" HDD Mobile Enclosure by Bytecc.

Specifications:

Bytecc has released an external hard drive enclosure that is both easy to use and looks fabulous. The enclosure is offered in many flavors to accommodate any connection type be it USB 2.0, FireWire, SATA or even a combination of two connection types. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Bytecc website:

Bytecc Aluminum 3.5" HDD Mobile Enclosure - Key Specifications:
Bytecc Aluminum 3.5" HDD Mobile Enclosure: Manufactured by Bytecc
Dimensions: 213mm x 119mm x 35mm
Unit Weight: 518 lbs
Aluminum external enclosure will cool down 3.5" HDD easily
Supports USB2.0 transfer rates of 12 Mbps and 480 Mbps
USB 2.0/ IDE compliant
Mainboard Type: Baby AT, Micro ATX, ATX
Supports ATA-7 PIO modes 0-4 & UDMA modes 0-5 of operation
Support Ultra ATA/ 133 & UDMA 5
Allows device hot-swapping (Plug and Play)
USB2.0 Support HDD up to 300GB
Fashion cooling LED light
Self power (power consumption 5V/1.5A & 12V/1.5A)
CE/FCC approval
Special Features: To save space can be set vertically
 
Bytecc Aluminum 3.5 HDD Mobile Enclosure
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Bytecc Aluminum 3.5 HDD Mobile Enclosure
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The Bytecc Aluminum 3.5" HDD Mobile Enclosure arrived in a standard retail corrugated box with the Bytecc logo and advertising covering all sides. The top portion of the package states that the enclosure will support up to 300GB on the USB 2.0 version. On the left side portion of the package you will find a listing of all the available model types. The package that was received for review was the USB 2.0 model; but there is also a Firewire (with or without USB 2.0) and a SATA model with USB 2.0. The bottom of the package also includes a listing of the product specifications and features as well as a summarized list of hardware requirements.

Bytecc Aluminum 3.5 HDD Mobile Enclosure
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Bytecc Aluminum 3.5 HDD Mobile Enclosure
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Opening the box revealed the following assortment of items:
  • Aluminum 3.5" HDD external enclosure
  • USB 2.0 A to B type cable (USB version and combo version)
  • 5V/2A &12V/2A switching power adaptor. AC input: 100~240V
  • AC power cable
  • Installation CD
  • Manual
  • Plastic base
The Bytecc Aluminum 3.5" HDD Mobile Enclosure wrapped in a plastic covering with two polystyrene blocks on each end. The package also includes a driver installation mini disk and a grey plastic mounting stand.
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