On the back of the enclosure you find a small fan and connections for the SATA data cable and a DC power cable.There is also a connection for a HDD access cable (included) and a couple of additional connections that I couldn�t quite figure out.Which brings me to one of the negatives I found with this product; the instruction manual didn�t exactly match the product.(ICY DOCK later informed us that the manual that shipped with our sample was for the IDE version of this enclosure).
As you can see, the enclosure is made up of two pieces; the carrier body (the removable part) that houses the hard drive and the cartridge frame (the fixed part) that houses the carrier.Removing the carrier from the frame involves pulling the carrier handle out, which disengages the carrier from the frame connector.Next, simply pull the handle and the carrier comes out completely.The carrier has a locking mechanism to prevent accidental removal and additional security.The locking mechanism has 3 positions which correspond to unlock (removable), locked without power, and locked with power.
As the carrier is being removed, a plastic dust cover slides in behind it to cover the hole in the frame, which I thought was a well-designed feature.Opening the carrier involves a press of the OPEN button, and the top of the carrier removes to expose the hard drive bay.The hard drive bay is shipped filled with additional components such as the hard drive access cable, additional screws, and the keys for the locking mechanism.
Installing a SATA hard drive into the carrier is very simple.Installation involved placing the hard drive into the enclosure, sliding it onto the connectors, screwing in the hard drive screws on the bottom, and closing the top.The carrier then slides back into the frame, and the handle is closed to reseat the carrier onto the frame.The last step took a little practice; you can�t push the carrier in all the way or the handle won�t close.The first few tries at inserting the carrier were more violent than I would have liked, and I wonder about the life of some of the plastic components should they see much violent usage.
Installing the frame into the computer is just like any other 5.25� drive.Simply slide it into place, secure it using screws, and plug in the data and power cables.There is no software that needs to be pre-installed, though you might have to configure/enable the hard drive if it�s the first time it�s being installed into the computer.The frame took up as much space as standard DVD burner.
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