Ultra Stackables

3.5" PATA Enclosure - Testing

HDTach is a free hard disk benchmarking program from SimpliSoftware. It is used to measure the Burst Speed, Average Read Speed, and Random Access Time of the hard drive. In this case, it has been used on the same hard drive both internally and in the external enclosure. Just the same as with the SATA enclosure.
Obviously, the external USB interface surely slows down the overall performance of the drive. The external connection was beaten out in every category, which is not all too surprising. The burst speed between USB and internal differed greatly, but USB is known for lack of great burst speeds. Of course, it would be recommended to run the hard drive internally for maximum performance, the enclosure surely isn't below par when it comes to external enclosure speeds over USB.
Sisoft Sandra is a synthetic benchmark utility capable of reporting and benchmarking a wide range of system components. For our Seagate PATA hard drive we ran the read speed utility both internally and in the external enclosure, three times each to ensure accurate results. Here we run it again like before with the SATA enclosure.
Here we see once again that the drive performs better inside the system, and I would have to blame that speed decrease on the transfer through USB itself. However convenient USB 2.0 may be, it can still greatly hinder performance such as this.
General Usage
After prolonged use of the enclosure and drive, I've found no problems in operation or performance. The enclosure and drive a pretty much rock solid, and have no problem between systems. I would rather use the SATA enclosure for speed alone, but if you have an extra Ultra ATA drive lying around, it sure doesn't hurt.
Let's move on to the Media Reader/USB Hub on the next page...
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Most Recent Comments

16-01-2008, 06:58:45

Mr. Smith
Woo! Loads of replies!

I think these products are a waste of money!Quote

16-01-2008, 07:09:23

Looks nice but surely those with existing external hdds etc. already have what these try to innovate?

If i had the money and i needed them i may think about it - but its merely stackable accessoriesQuote

16-01-2008, 07:22:30

i think they look sweet tbh

i like stacking things

i always chose stacking hifi componants, over a full system, a seperate cd player, tape, amp etc

i think this is a very innovative idea, even if it is based on an idea from the past...

if they come out in the UK i might consider these..

buy the one at a time as i can aford them lol

good review mike Quote

16-01-2008, 07:34:38

Mr. Smith
lol - ionicle, people generally choose stackable hi-fi's due to superior quality/sound/ability to customise the system!

Fair enough you like these reviewed items but not for me.Quote

16-01-2008, 07:50:18

And to look good

These look cool. Not for me but I can see why people would like them Quote

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