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Icy Dock MB452 Review
By: Rich Smith
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    2006-05-31

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  • Icy Dock MB452 Review
  • Features and Specifications
  • Open it up
  • Installing we will go
  • Hook me up
  • A testing we will go
  • Conclusions

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    What do you do if you start running out of storage space? Well, you can get another hard drive, but what if there isn't room in your computer for the new hard drive? You can get an external hard drive enclosure. In this article we take a look at the Icy Dock MB452 single-drive external enclosure and see if it does the job.

    With the need for additional computer storage on the rise, hardware manufacturers are making it easier to get additional storage space, when you need it.  Today weíll be taking a look at an external hard drive enclosure, the MB452, from Icy Dock.

    As it is with everything nowadays, things are getting more complex.  This is also true in the computer industry.  Not only is the hardware getting more complex, but so is the software.  Games, financial applications, word processors, and more are all becoming more complicated and, to be honest, bigger.  Ten years ago, if you told someone they would have a 100GB hard drive and that it could be filled up without too much effort, they would have laughed in your face.  Back then programs, utilities, and even operating systems would fit on a few floppy disks.  Nowadays, a fresh install of an operating system can take up nearly 1GB of drive space.

    Due to this, a large number of consumers are finding themselves in the position of having no more room on the hard drives in their desktop or laptop computers.  To make matters worse, there are only a handful of possible solutions:

    1. Add an additional hard drive to the computer.  Many desktop computers have room for adding an additional drive with not a whole lot of fuss.  This will unfortunately not be very useful to laptop owners, or to people who donít feel comfortable opening up their computers.

    2. Replace your existing hard drive with a bigger one.  This is pretty self explanatory, but not only can it be difficult to replace a drive, especially if you have a laptop, then you also have to contend with the issue of getting all of your data from the old drive to the new drive.  For those inexperienced in moving data from one drive to another, this is not a very good option.

    3. Delete stuff to free up space.  For some people, this is just not an option.  Do they delete the family pictures?  Or the last three years tax returns?

    4. Make a back up of your stuff onto CDs or DVDs, and then delete them once they are saved.  This works, but what if you have a need to access that data on a daily basis?  Do you really want to work with a bunch of CDs trying to find the one with the one file you need?

    5. Buy a new computer with more disc space.  Since most people can't afford to buy a new machine each time they fill their hard drive, this isnít an option that many people employ.  While it works, the user would then also have to go through the painful process of moving all of their data from the old machine to the new one.

    6. Use an external data source.  This could be anything from a memory stick to an external hard drive.  Since memory sticks are quite limited in capacity, an external hard drive is the best solution if you want to expand your storage capacity, while having plenty of room to grow.

    With this in mind, Icy Dock has created a line of drive enclosures.  Today we will be taking a close look at the Icy Dock MB452.  This single-drive external enclosure accepts a standard SATA hard drive (sold separately), and allows you to plug it into your existing computer using either a USB or e-SATA interface.

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