Pop in your own hard drive and expand your space. (July 20th, 2006)
Product Manufacturer: Azio
- Easy hard drive installation. Available in polished black or white acrylic. Inexpensive. Includes long USB cable.
- Activity light cable does not fit all hard drives. Acrylic and plastic enclosure may not stand up to travel abuse.
If you use iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, or GarageBand even once a week, you've seen the free space on your hard drive shrink so much that another hard drive is on your Christmas list. Alternatively, if your computer has a blown power supply or motherboard, but your hard drive still works, you need a way to access that drive. The Azio USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Kit, Model No. ENC302U, is compatible with 3.5" IDE hard disks, UDMA 33/66, ATA-100/133, or AT-6. It solves any space dilemma with only a small financial investment, especially if you have a spare hard drive handy. You can use it to augment your internal storage, as an emergency enclosure, or to provide back up storage.
Installing a DriveI put a client's hard drive in the Azio USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Kit to recover files from an iMac with a blown power supply. My first roadblock, after wrestling the drive out of the iMac was opening the Azio enclosure. It slides back in a way that was not immediately obvious to me. Once open, the hard drive and power connectors fit easily.
The USB 2.0 connection provided fast and efficient access to the hard drive and allowed me recover the files and transfer them to CD. As both USB and power cables were included in the box, I didn't have to rummage through my own gear to connect the drive.