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Plug and Save: 15 Hard Drive Enclosures and Adapters Reviewed

Lindy ME-720SI: Serial-ATA Goes External

If USB 2.0 and FireWire are too slow for you, Serial ATA is bound to be the faster solution. But its external apparition is still suffering from teething troubles, which will only be cured once new controller chips appear on the scene. Hot Plug and Play is not supported by all onboard controllers - the external drive only becomes available following a reboot. Without a restart, the disk in our test was recognized with an ICH6 and our Silicon Image test controller. All the same, our test candidate managed 45 MB/s. That's only 2 MB less than with an internal connection.

Plain plastic enclosure from Lindy

A small fan gets the air circulating

Can be connected to any Serial ATA controller

Almost no difference to an internal S-ATA hard drive (click to enlarge)