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Hard Drive Enclosures Roundup March 2010

by Henry Butt - 19th March 2010
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In Win AMMO 2.5" SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

The AMMO is supplied in a small brown cardboard box with a rugged look and feel. Inside the box we find a few accessories; there is a user's manual, two RFID tags and a dual USB cable. The AMMO requires two USB connections to provide enough power for the device to function.

It is clear from a glance that the AMMO is no ordinary hard drive enclosure; the outer case is manufactured from 0.8mm steel. This gives it a very rugged appearance and should provide a high level of protection for the hard drive inside. The only drawback of this is the increased weight of the device.

Installing a hard drive in the AMMO is very easy. In Win provide a small screwdriver to assist with the installation; removing the two screws in the end of the enclosure expose the internal rubber tray. The hard drive can then be inserted into this and connected to the circuit board. This rubber tray should give the installed hard drive more protection against shocks and vibrations. We find the USB connector under a rubber flap which should stop stray dirt or dust from blocking it up.

In Win haven't stopped at protecting the hard drive from external shocks; they have also implemented RFID security to protect your data. This enables the user to encrypt the installed hard drive, requiring the RFID dog tag to be passed over the drive to allow access to the data. This is very easy to set up by following the short instructions in the manual.
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