Spire's GigaPod III SP110-NEB 3.5" HD Enclosure

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Very simple to mount and use – Joe

SUMMARY: Very simple to mount and use.

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The good guys at Spire were nice enough to send a sample of their GigaPod III 3.5″ HD Enclosure to try out.

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Key Features

  • Aluminum external enclosure for 3.5-inch IDE HDs
  • Supports USB 2.0 and 1.1
  • Supports up to 400 GB IDE
  • Includes external power supply, USB cable, mounting screws, screwdriver and driver disk (if needed)
  • Size: 200 x 107 x 30mm

Cooling is passive with vents in the front

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and rear:

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There is a power On/Off button, USB and power ports on the back. The PCB slips out of the case for HD mounting.

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The HD is held in place by four screws which mount in holes behind the removable black trim strips:

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Very simple design and setup.

Performance Test

I mounted a Seagate Barracuda 120 GB 7200 rpm HD to test out the transfer rate with the following results:

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Fairly typical results for a USB HD enclosure.

CONCLUSIONS

Spire’s GigaPod III SP110-NEB 3.5″ HD Enclosure is very simple to mount and use – a nice package for backup storage. There are other versions available with USB & IEEE1394 ports for higher transfer speeds.

Thanks again to Spire for sending this our way.

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