Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 45nm
Corsair XMS DDR3-1600 4GB kit
Asus Radeon HD 3850 X2 video card
Silverstone Decathlon DA-800 PSU
CoolIT Domino A.L.C. liquid cooling system
Thermaltake Xaser VI full tower
Windows Vista Home 64-bit
Seagate Barracuda SATA 3.0 250 gig 3.5″ hard drive (to be used in the Icy Dock enclosure)
As my motherboard doesn’t support IEEE 1394b, and I don’t have a Firewire 800 expansion card, I tested the Icy Dock MB664UEB-1S with USB, which is what I will be using as interface anyway. I haven’t mentioned up to this time, but though Firewire 800 is backwards compatible with Firewire 400, the connectors are not the same. The Firewire 800 connector will not fit the IEEE 1394a connector on your PC.
Installation couldn’t be easier. Make sure the enclosure is unlocked and press on the bottom of the front of the enclosure, the “door” should pop open. Look into the case to see the orientation of the SATA connectors.
Insert the SATA drive into the enclosure and gently engage the SATA connectors. As the “door” closes while the drive is pushed forward, you need to make sure that the drive is inserted completely, pretty much only the end of your finger will fit at this time. Close the “door” until it locks in place.
Slide the lock down, and make sure the enclosure is locked. Insert the power connector, and power up the drive. Insert the USB cable, and connect the other end of the cable to your PC. Turn the I/O to “on”.
If you are using a brand new hard drive, the drive may need to be initialized, do that in Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Storage>Disk Management.