With Macworld coming, I have been getting all sorts of annoying garbage in my email box, But when I got a chance to take a look at the new Tough Tech Drives enclousures from Wiebetech I decided I would use it to do some of the things my older "forensic dock" used to do for me.
This thing is built like a tank, with a large LCD display, external power and 2 removable 2.5" disc trays (mine came w/o drives- but more on that later) Runs on FW, USB or Esata, and is one of the first devices I have worked with that have the new SATA/USB combo port, something that worked rather well in my first time to work with.
I got to say this small little drive enclosure is really sweet, it allows you to set the volume up as either Raid 0 or Raid 1. With 2 bays in the enclousre that means when working onset that this thing can be setup to do realtime mirrored backup of your content as it is loaded onto the drive or just plain work flat out faster when configured as Raid 0.
Now I am one of those guys that has a lot of drives lying around( dozens of them actually) so I grabbed a client drive, an old GRaid Mini that had all of the data connections blownout by a careless editor. After I disassembled the case and removed the drives I placed them with in the ToughTech enclosure. Low and behold, I WAS ABLE TO SEE ALL OF THE CONTENT, this just does not usually happen when you put raided drives from one company in the enclosure of another company. Best of All I was able to back up all of the relevant data without a single glitch.
My only issue is the weight, the unit with drives is nearly 3LB. so its not for the everyday throw in the bag kinda drive.
Secondly I will warn everyone, due to the nature of this being a computer to be able to hanlde the RAID settings and that makes it far more expensive than a blank enclousure, but since I have been able to see Raided Volumes from drive sets built by 2 differing manufacturers, this ToughTech enclosure is going to stay a part of my kit for a little while longer, because who knows when I will have a drive enclosure crap out again because of careless assistant editor.
I give the Tought Tech Drive enclosure high marks for simplicity and ease of use, and even better yet as a tool to help you recover content on older 2.5" laptop drives should your original case fail for any reason, because if the drive phyically works- the Tough Tech will see the volume.