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Vantec EZ-Swap Removable HDD Racks
Vantec EZ-Swap Removable HDD Racks - PCSTATS
There are two models on the market right now, the MRK102FD and the MRK-103F, and apart from an LCD display and a few other features they are virtually identical.
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External Mfg. Website: Vantec May 29 2002   Max Page  
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A better look at the EZ-Swap

Access is easy, but the little locks while working in three positions, do not offer any real security. The locks can be covered by the small flip-up tab which then acts has a handle to open up the rest of the bay for removal.
The dust blocker in action - "Dust beware, Vantec is here!" - sorry couldn't resist :)
The rear of the unit is equipped with a fan which is of questionable usefulness since more than half of it is covered by the frame of the caddy.
The pin connectors are good quality as you can see and make for a solid connection when everything is locked into place. The older printer-style connectors have caused a lot of problems for me in the past so this was a welcome sight.
The three small cables are for setting Master/CS/Slave on the drive. In principle this makes master and slave settings controllable by the front LCD display, but given the different types of jumper settings on hard drives this can be difficult to set up. Note the blue thermistor to the right-hand side.

The Vantec MRK102FD and MRK 103F are both well built and potentially feature packed removable HDD racks. The plain version is just the same old thing we are all used to with a much improved back plane and the same underpowered and partially hidden fan. The MRK103F is a good unit all the same and not a unit I would be too worried about using with a good ATA100 hard drive.

Its brother unit, the MRK102FD comes with all the bells and whistles, and although knowing the temperature of the hard drive is cool, it is really something which most consumers will not know how to change. The small fan is not going to provide heaps of cooling and that means options are limited. The added master and slave settings by the LCD panel are really cool and I could see several uses for that just in the realm of everyday testing. Most of all, these drives just look a lot better than their standard OEM counter parts. If Vantec can keep the cost of these units to good levels I think they have a pretty worthwhile removable IDE hard drive rack on the market.

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