Recently I reviewed a USB/Firewire 800 HDD enclosure. I have recently started making some movies and decided that I wanted a separate drive to store the large files involved in video. I decided on a separate external HDD enclosure so I could have a choice at what drive I installed in it.
I thought that USB would be just fine, but I decided that USB just isn’t quite fast enough to transfer the large video files from my camera, it takes a while to transfer 1 gig to 3 gig files via USB.
For transferring files from drive to drive, you aren’t going to get any faster than SATA 3.0, it’s just hard to argue with 300MB/s, compared to USB’s 60MB/s (usually more like 32 or so) Firewire 400’s 48MB/s, and Firewire 800’s 98MB/s. Of course all of these rates are maximum rates, and you will likely see much less. SATA 3.0’s max rate is 300MB/s, the sustained rate for the test hard drive is 125MB/s, and that number is dependent on your rig.
Whether your motherboard has eSATA port(s) in the I/O panel, or your case has an eSATA port that you connect to one of your motherboard’s internal SATA ports, it is pretty easy to come up with a rig that supports eSATA.
Today I will be looking at the In Win `Na, their new hard drive enclosure. In Win is well known for their cases and power supplies, and the `Na takes them into the world of storage enclosures. The `Na is definitely unique, I have never seen any hard drive enclosure.or any other PC peripheral for that matter, that looks like it. In Win calls it “An artistic storage device.” Read on to see the In Win `Na!
External Material: Plastic and Porcelain
Interface: USB 2.0/1.1, eSATA
HDD: Supports 3.5″ SATA HDD, up to 1000GB of storage
– USB 2.0 – 480Mbit/s
– USB 1.1 – 12Mbit/s
– SATA 3.0 (SATA II) – 3.0Gbit/s
– SATA 150 (SATA I) – 1.5Gbit/s
External Power Adapter: 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz, 12V/2A
O/S: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Dimensions: 131mm x 201mm x 70mm (5.16″ x 7.91″ x 2.75″)
Definitely nothing fancy here. Unless you really look, you’d think that this was a generic box from In Win. Though the name `Na is on the box, I didn’t realize that was the name of the enclosure until I went to In Win’s website. After looking at the box for a minute, I realized that it probably is part of the overall theme.a piece of art shipped from the Orient probably wouldn’t come in a fancy package. Actually, the box’s seal made me think about that.
Inside, the components and hardware are well protected by cardboard dividers.
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