Thermaltake Muse eSATA External SATA II Enclosure
Author: Matt Krei (FragTek)
Hardware Acquired: Thermaltake
Installing the PCI backplate was a cinch, I had a perfect spot for it between my bottom video card and my sound card. Depending on how small your case is or how tightly you may have your case packed with expansion cards I can see potential for not everyone having room for this but the odds are pretty low of that happening. The whole installation process took me about 15 minutes or so. The longest part was trying to get my fat hands through my cables and tubing to where I could get a good angle to unplug my HDD LED cable and get it attached to the lead coming from the PCI backplate (this is to operate the analog data transfer gauge). Other than that, simply plug the SATA cable in to a free SATA header on the motherboard and find a free 4-pin molex for the power and you're done inside of the case.
Just as a quick note, you can also see in the above picture that Thermaltake has yet again used a SATA150 inside of the enclosure to connect the hard drive to the PCB. This could prove to be detrimental to the boasted performance ratings from Thermaltake.
Once you've installed your hard drive the only thing left to do is connect the two external cables provided to you in the kit, flip the power switch, and boot up your computer. Voila! Instant SATA hard drive space. It took me a total of two reboots before it was completely setup and ready for use in Windows Server 2003.
Now let's see how this enclosure stacks up to the competition!