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Reviewed by: Bryan Pizzuti [03.22.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson

Manufactured by: Enermax
Model Number: UC-106TMFA
MSRP: $38.00

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These days, adding cool items to your PC case is the very thing.  Items like Thermaltake's HardCano series are especially popular.  Rheobus fan controllers, digital and LCD displays, and other 5.25 bay items such as the PC Geiger RD2 or the Lost in Space LED are also popular.  Enermax has a couple of entries into this field as well.  Right now, we're going to have a look at their take on a removable HDD enclosure.

More than just a swap bay

The manual is very basic, with only one diagram.  The English is also not very good, but luckily a device this simple doesn't need much in the way of instructions, other than the initial settings.

First of all, most devices similar to this one are made of plastic.  This one, however, is made of aluminum.  Not thin aluminum either; nice, thick, heavy, solid aluminum for everything but the faceplate parts (which are plastic on this model; an aluminum one is available). The package also includes any mounting screws you will need, as well as two keys for securing and activating the bay.

The HDD carrier unit is the really special part.  On the bottom, it carried a ducted fan, which pushes a lot of air into the bottom of the HDD to cool it, rather than using a smaller fan mounted at the back. The fan is ducted to pull air from the rear of the case, and is nicely enclosed in plastic, so you don't have to worry if you have a device in the next bay down, or if your bad wiring job has wires floating all over the place.

The front panel has an LCD, a dial, and some buttons.  The LCD indicates HDD temperature, recorded with the thermistor located behind it.  It also lets you see the RPM of the built-in fan, while the dial allows you to adjust the fan's speed.  It's handy if its getting too loud, or not doing a good enough job (and the LCD will tell you if it's not doing a good enough job, since it also shows HDD temperature).

In case beige isn't your favorite color, these are also available in black and silver.  No funky color schemes here though, just utter simplicity.  Which means "drab" to some, and "sophisticated" to others.  We'll let you decide. :)


Well, to do anything with this, first you have to put an ATA hard drive in it.  Any old ATA drive, up to and including ATA-133 (but not Serial ATA) will do nicely.  That means you have to push on this little tab in order to get the cover off.

This is much better than lids that are held on by pure friction, and can come loose easily.  Now, to secure the HDD, you have to screw it in from the side.  You can't screw it down from below, since this would block airflow from the fan at the bottom. Smart of Enermax to not put any holes there, wasn't it?

See this jumper?  This is what switches the LCD between Farenheit and Celsius. It would have been nicer if it was switchable from the front, since I think in Farenheit, but the world is forcing me to use Celsius.  But I can live with it. Since we got the US version from MaxPoint, it came pre-set for Farenheit operation, but to switch it to Celsius, just yank that jumper off before you put in a hard drive.

After that it's just a matter of sliding it in, and pushing the handle down to secure it in place.  Then turn the key to power the removable enclosure up and lock it in place (If it isn't locked in place with the key, the drive won't power up).

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