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Silverstone MS03 and FP35

Posted March 17, 2009 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs







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MS03 Drive Enclosure

Let’s first take a look at the MS03 hard drive enclosure:

  • Extensive compatibility with 3.5” SATA hard drives
  • Hot-swappable
  • Support eSATA (external SATA) for transfer speeds up to 1500Mbps
  • Support USB 2.0 (480Mbps) data transfer
  • PC & Mac compatible
  • Stylish aluminum enclosure with internal fan provides excellent cooling

SilverStone, for the few readers here who don’t know, specializes in elegance.  They have some terrific-looking stuff, as we’ve seen with their other products, they really take great care in the aesthetics and build quality.

The cardboard cradle served as a stand until I got everything else taken care of; the enclosure looks that good that I didn’t want to set it down on the laminate table.  The enclosure comes with a USB cable, an e-SATA cable, and—perhaps most importantly—an e-SATA port to add to your case, PCI-slot style.  After all, what good is e-SATA’s superior speed if you don’t have an e-SATA port?  Made me forget that it also has a power brick, but that very power brick and cord may not always be necessary, as we shall soon see.  It also comes with the requisite driver disc (wasn’t needed here), and PCCloneEX Lite, which is the software end to the one-button backup scheme this enclosure incorporates.  Nice.

The business end of the enclosure is simple enough.  Notice the one-touch backup button. The other end, like the rest of the enclosure, is well-ventilated and houses a 30mm fan with a 25,000 hour lifespan. The tray slides out and contains both the fan and the drive controller.

The drive used in this review is a Western Digital Caviar SATA2 160GB.One thing I noticed is that while the mounting holes for the drive lined up on one side, they needed a little finesse on the other; a detail which surprised me coming from SilverStone. The stand, which you will need because you won’t want to lay this down on its side, has some grippy latex strips to hold the drive in place, and they do an excellent job.

Here it is all put together and fired up.  The blue LED is for power and the red one for drive-in-use.  The fan noise was negligible, and if you have it anywhere near your desktop case then you certainly won’t hear a thing.

Now for the other half of our Silverstone duo, the card reader.

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