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Spire GigaPob III External USB drive enclosure
Page 2 Installation & Appearance
The overall installation procedure for the enclosure is pretty strait forward, and as long as you are somewhat familiar with installing an IDE internal hard drive this will be a snap. The only tool required is a smaller Philips head screwdriver and the hard drive you wish to use in the enclosure.
Spire provides everything needed; two side rails for the drive, the power and USB cable, oh and drivers if needed. All you need to remove is the rear plate containing the interface board and plug in both the 4-pin Molex connector and the IDE ribbon cable.
Then just place the two side rails along the drive they should line up perfectly with and standard hard drive. You will see the guide rails on the inside of the aluminum enclosure then just slide the drive in and fasten the rear plate to the enclosure using the two screws provided.. The instructions are a bit light but considering the ease of the install there really isn't an issue..
Last thing you need to do is hook up the power and the USB cable. then away you go. We installed this unit on a few different Window XP PC's and none needed drivers the normal add remove wizard pope up and selecting default choices the drive installed properly. Spire does provide the driver files if needed but most of the time you will probably find out it will plug n play.
Appearance is pretty much a given with enclosures but Spire does use a solid aluminum casing very slim and not much larger then the existing 3 1/2 drive itself.. The even use a stylish blue to red LED indicator for power .. I personally like the look but if you don't they do provide a few other colors and models that might go better with a different theme...
In windows after the install is complete the drive looks just like any other internal drive no drivers where really needed plug n play worked perfect. Above you can see exactly what I mean from WinXP SP2 results may be different on Win2k or other OS versions....
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