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  Product:     SilverStone MS02 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure  
  Price:     $39 (CDN) / $35 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     SilverStone Technology
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     October 19th, 2006
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank SilverStone Technology for sending the SilverStone MS02 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure for review.

SilverStone Technology

Introduction:

Long gone are the days when computers ran off a 540K floppy with 64K of RAM and a 20MB hard drive was considered excessive. Today's workstations require massive amounts of hard drive space simply to install an operating system. It is not uncommon to see people working with files too large to fit on standard removable media. While 100MB networks and CDRW drives make getting large files from one computer to another more convenient, sometimes even those solutions fall short. Enter the realm of portable hard drive enclosures which allow you to quickly transport entire file directories from one machine to another using standard USB, Firewire or SATA based interfaces. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new SilverStone MS02, a unique transportable storage solution using standard 2.5" notebook IDE hard drives.

Specifications:

The SilverStone MS02 is a compact and versatile 2.5" hard drive enclosure with great thermal and excellent functions. The MS02 is designed to accommodate 2.5" IDE hard drives combined with easy to use application software that provides a one click auto backup feature. Here are some specifications taken directly from the SilverStone Technology website:

Model
SilverStone MS02 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure
Dimensions

84mm (W) x 22mm (H) x 133mm (D)

Enclosure material

Aluminum

Color

Silver or Black

Power Requirement

USB port

Cooling System

Thermal interface with enclosure

Drive size support

2.5"

Drive System

Enhanced IDE, ATA/ATAPI-6

Drive Support

Up to 48-bit addressing for large hard drive

Drive Size Support

2.5" (compatible with 9.5mm height only)

IDE Support Mode

PIO modes 0, 2, 4 and UDMA modes 2, 4

Enclosure Interface

USB 2.0 (480Mbps)

Operation System Information

Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP, Mac OS

Features

- Extensive compatibility with 2.5" hard drives

- Ergonomic design for easy access
- Support USB 2.0 (480Mbits) for maximum data transfer
- Stylish aluminum enclosure
- Hi portability with included USB Y-cable and exclusive handbag

SilverStone MS02 Hard Drive Enclosure
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SilverStone MS02 Hard Drive Enclosure
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The SilverStone MS02 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure arrived sealed in hard plastic retail packaging. The front of the package provides a full view of the MS02 while the back portion provides a small summarized feature list and product specifications.

SilverStone MS02 Hard Drive Enclosure
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SilverStone MS02 Hard Drive Enclosure
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The SilverStone MS02 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure includes an assortment of accessories which include the following:

  • 1 x SilverStone MS02 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure
  • 1 x USB "Y" cable
  • 1 x Vinyl carrying case
  • 1 x BackupKingX application CD
  • 1 x Instruction manual
The documentation included with the MS02 is very brief at 2 pages but covers enough information to satisfy both novice and experienced users. There are 14 simple steps that cover dismantling the unit, hard drive installation and reassembly. One nice aspect of the MS02 is that this unit requires no drivers and is compatible with Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP and Mac OS operating systems.

SilverStone MS02 Hard Drive Enclosure
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SilverStone MS02 Hard Drive Enclosure
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The vinyl carrying case is a nice addition to the MS02 package and allows consumers to easily transport this unit from one location to another. The carrying case includes a fold out flap that separates into 2 different sections. Once section is designed to house the MS02 and USB "Y" cable while the other side is perfect for carrying a single CD or instruction manual. The case easily snaps together thanks to a magnetized lock which holds the contents in place.

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