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  Product:     Bytecc BackupStar ME-808 USB External HDD  
  Price:     $71 (CDN) / $60 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Bytecc
  Author:     clsGrinder
  Date:     October 15th, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Steven from Bytecc for sending the BackupStar ME-808 USB External HDD for review.



When USB 2.0 hit the scene, the PC market exploded with external hard drive enclosures. Every style, size, shape and colour is available to the consumer in an attractive and ultra portable format. Traditionally, such portability has only been offered by proprietary HDD caddies, hindering portability and convenience. Bytecc has a strong assortment of USB devices in the field of HDD enclosures. They carry this innovation one step further with the release of their all-in-one portable backup solution. Today in the MTB Labs we will be evaluating the BackupStar ME-808; a USB 2.0 ATA Hard Drive enclosure that doubles as a convenient backup system for your personal computer.


The Bytecc BackupStar ME-808 is an aluminum external ATA HDD enclosure. Using USB 2.0 technology, it employs bundled software to backup your PC system in a variety of ways. The BackupStar can also be used as a boot-up/recovery device incase things get really ugly. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Bytecc website:

BackupStar ME-808 USB External HDD - Key Features:
BackupStar ME-808 USB External HDD: Manufactured by Bytecc
Interface: USB 2.0
Maximum theoretical transfer rate: 480Mbps
HDD interface: ATA
Operational Temperature: 0 Degrees Celsius - 40 Degrees Celsius
Operational Humidity: 20% - 85% non-condense
Storage Temperature: -20 °- 65°C
Storage Humidity: 20% - 85% non-condense
Dimensions: 12.7cm x 3.8cm x 22.9cm (5" x 1.5" x 9")
AC Input: 100-240V 47-63Hz
Regulations: FCC/CE
- OS Support: Win XP Home/Professional, Win 2000 Pro/Server/Advance Server, Win 2003 Server/Enterprise Server

BackupStar ME-808 USB External HDD
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BackupStar ME-808 USB External HDD
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The BackupStar ME-808 USB External HD arrived in a plastic wrapped cardboard box. Product features and product illustration adorn the front of the box with a white background. The rear of the box explains the product features in greater detail; with a screenshot of the backup software, as well as feature definitions and explanations.

BackupStar ME-808 USB External HDD
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BackupStar ME-808 USB External HDD
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Removing the outer cardboard sleeve exposes the inner, corrugated, cardboard box. A cardboard riser securely holds the HDD enclosure. Behind this, the support hardware rests loosely beneath. The following inventory makes up Bytecc’s Backup & Instant Recovery Solution:

BackupStar ME-808 USB External HDD
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The package contents include:
  • BackupStar (ME-808) black anodized aluminum ATA HDD enclosure
  • USB Cable (4 ft.)
  • Vertical base stand
  • AC/DC converter
  • 4 x Various international AC interface plugs
  • Software Installation CD
  • 12 page English installation manual

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