[Dirvish] Hard Drive Dock
em-dirvish-1 at nerim.net
Sun Mar 15 13:15:32 UTC 2009
On Sunday 15 Mar 2009, Keith Lofstrom spake thus:
> I bought a new toy for $40 at Frys:
I got this about 8 months ago for 30 € including shipping:
It's quite handy, especially since it handles both PATA and SATA drives.
I recently tried out the SATA option (having at last replaced my 7 year old
machine with a new one) and compared write speed with my WD 500Gb eBooks (or
whatever they're called). Writing 1Gb from /dev/zero using dd to a file on the
drives went something like this:
- In the disk's own enclosure, USB2 connection: 28Mb/s
- In the Textorm enclosure, USB2 connection: 35Mb/s
- In the Textorm enclosure, SATA connection: 110Mb/s
- To one of the machine's internal SATA drives: 110Mb/s.
Despite the speed difference, I haven't yet taken the plunge - i.e. ripped the
WD disks out of their enclosures and switched over to the Textorm:
- Speed isn't that essential in my case: I only use these disks for rotating
"offsite" backups, and while a disk is synching up, I just go off and do
- Same as you I am a little concerned by the lack of robustness of the
connectors. Mine is worse than yours in this respect, especially when
switching USB2/SATA/PATA connectivity. Then again, I really did intend it
only for very occasional (home) use.
If I had your kind of system, I would have switched though, because it's a lot
easier to swap disks. A future investment perhaps. ;-)
Stop talking! I'm out of aspirin!
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