Hands On: BytePac Hard Drive Protection Kit

Installation

I chose a late-model Western Digital 500 GB hard drive for use with the BytePac kit.  The “enclosure” is fairly compact for use with a 3.5” drive as seen below.

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To install the drive, simply slide off the external sleeve

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open the box, fold over the “tensioning” device,

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and place the drive in the box with the connections closest to you the picture below.

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Close the box, slip the sleeve back into place, and fold up the flap that exposes the drive connections.

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On the bottom side, fold up the stand that also exposes the bottom cooling vents.

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If everything is reassembled correctly, this is what the finished BytePac looks like.

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Next, we have the cabling system.  The longer cable included with the kit has a combination SATA/power connection on one end and an eSATA connector on the other end.

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This cable plugs in the “powerbox”.

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Coming out of the powerbox is an eSATA socket for use with an eSATA to USB 2.0 cable (or optional USB 3.0 cable),

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and a power socket for use with the included power brick.

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The finished cable setup should look like this:

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Once one has assembled these items , simply find a spot for the enclosure and plug the associated cables into a USB port and power socket.

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