Spire HandyBook 2.5 Inch External HDD Case Review

Storage/Other by piotke @ 2008-06-12

With laptops getting smaller and smaller and Solid State Disk gaining popularity, disk sizes are getting smaller. This is once again making small external hard disk more popular nowadays. Today we´ll be testing a stylish 2.5 inch Serial Ata hard disk casing.

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Benchmarking & Conclusion


Test setup

Test Setup
CPU Intel Celeron 330 2.6 GHz
Mainboard Shuttle SS58G2 Barebone PC Socket 775 SIS661FX
Memory 2 * 1024 Mb DDR OCZ
Other Seagate 7200.10 500 Gb SATA

To test reading speed we used Hd tach version 3.04. A well known drive benchmarking tool.

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~20Mb/s read speed, 17.7ms random access time

A very stable performance showing us just below 20 megabyte per second reading speed.

To test write speeds we copied a folder with a mixed content (about 1.3 Gb, 1000 files, larger and smaller) from an internal Seagate 7200.10 sata disk to the Spire casing. This took us 97.5 seconds. If you do the math we achieve an average writing speed of 13.3 Mb per second. Filling the 250 Gb disk with data would take about 5 to 5 and half hour.


Easy installation
Decent manual + tool provided
Good looking

Can't be closed permanently
Two separate USB cables instead of a dual cable

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Big thanks for Viviane from Spire who was so kind to send us this casing for a test drive, and for her enormous patience !
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