Powering up the enclosure is simple and the various status lights on the front tell you what’s going on.

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My Windows 7 machine quickly found the enclosure and installed the relevant drivers.

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The drives were showing as “not initialized” though, but that was to be expected.

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A couple of clicks later and the drives are ready to be used.

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931 GB free on a two x 500 GB span.

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The CD contains the User Guide if you want to review it.

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Speed Test

I decided that I would see how fast the enclosure would operate. I had the enclosure connected to my computer via eSATA and I had two 500GB hard drives operating in SPAN mode (which provided no performance or redundancy benefits).

A read test:

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A write test:

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Overall I was quite happy with the read and write speeds, and I am sure I could get more out of it depending on which RAID mode I selected.