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EZ-Backit PCMCIA 12Gb Drive Review
EZ-Backit PCMCIA 12Gb Drive Review - PCSTATS
So, with this in mind we took extra interest in this weeks product on our review chopping block. Namely the EZ-BACKIT - essentially a 12GB Hitachi 2.5" drive, PCMCIA card and adapter cable.
 78% Rating:   
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External Mfg. Website: Apricorn Aug 04 2000   Max Page  
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Easy installation?


To install the drive, one first shuts down the computer, an ACER 512T in our case. With the PCMCIA card installed and the drive hooked up, the computer is rebooted, and Windows goes about its thing. Drivers are supplied with the drive.

After a quick reboot, we leave the diskette in the drive, so the backup software will do its magic. What it proceeds to do is make a complete copy of everything on our 4GB hard drive (including the drive name surprisingly), and store it on the EZ-Backit. The program that does this bit of mastery is a fairly rough DOS based application. It will serve it's purpose should you wish to put that data back onto a fresh hard drive.

With a total of 2.7GB of data actually being moved, it took a lengthy 52 minutes to accomplish the backup. USB this ain't. PCMCIA ports appear to have a low data-throughput, hovering around 1Mb/s. This despite the drives' reported 4MB/s data transfer rate.

Considering our previous experiences with hard drives connected via PCMCIA ports, 1Mb/s would seem to be fairly representative of actual transfers across varied, real word drives.

Using the drive for fun and MP3's:

To get the drive to show up under Explorer in Windows98SE, we found we it necessary to remove the NIC card which was in the PCMCIA slot directly above the EZ_Backit's PCMCIA card. Once that was done, we gained full control of the drive as if it were an internal partition. Using NovaDisk was easy, and we found it useful for choosing different files to backup. Other options enabled encrypting certain sections, and general backup functionality.

To remove the drive, one need only go to the menu bar, and disable the PCMCIA card before popping it out of the slot. From that point the EZ-Backit can be moved to a safe location to protect what data (or MP3's) happens to fill it up. The drive weighs in at 8 ounces, and requires no external power supplies. Those of you seeking extra storage for that laptop long past retirement, this drive is certainly less expensive than a brand new laptop.... Compatible OS's include WinXX, NT and Mac (no supported software for Mac users however).

Unfortunately you cannot run the EZ-Backit as a bootable drive... Onto some benchmarks!

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Contents of Article: Apricorn EZ-Backit
 Pg 1.  EZ-Backit PCMCIA 12Gb Drive Review
 Pg 2.  Hardware issues
 Pg 3.  — Easy installation?
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Final thoughts on the drive

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