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Thermaltake SilverRiver 3.5" External HDD Enclosure Review

By: Mike Wright | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Jul 26, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Installation Notes



To begin the installation you'll need to remove the top cover panel. With no drive installed already, there is nothing holding it into place so just lift the top cover and remove it.



Now comes the time to insert a hard drive so we'll start off by showing you the victim of the day. While not as blazing fast as some of the more modern drives available today, this Seagate 40GB drive still has enough speed to make it workable. As a side note I set the hard drive to MASTER for our testing and it worked well. So what are we waiting for... let's get busy!



To install the drive you simply hook up the power Molex and the IDE-type ribbon cable and set the drive into the housing. This isn't rocket science so you should have no problems at all getting this done properly. Once you've finished that task, you'll need to place the cover back onto the unit.



With the cover in place you'll want to take the four screws that came with the kit and mount the drive into the housing. While you probably still have the screws that went with the drive to begin with, you'll find these are a good deal longer in length. This is because the screws will be going through the top cover plate and then into the standard mounting holes of the drive itself. This allows the drive and housing to be secure and have no chance of allowing for drive vibration.



The final step is to hook up power and the USB cables. Plug in the power to an outlet and connect the USB cable to your system. As long as you are using WinME or newer operating system you will not need to load any drivers. The OS will automatically detect the drive and assign it a drive letter. From there it is ready to access whenever you need.


For those with an older Win98 OS in place, you'll need that mini-disk to load up the necessary drivers for the device. This will be a one shot deal, though. If you remove the device and come back later to plug it back into a USB port, the drive will be recognized the second time.


So now that we have everything hooked up and ready to go, lets see what this little thing can do.


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