CoolerMaster CoolDrive 3 ReviewFormer staff writer - August 6, 2003
Closer Look (Cont.)
As pointed out in the "features" of the CoolDrive 3, the faceplate dose remove easily, which gives you access to the plastic filter for the 40mm fan. Also, next to the 40mm fan, are two small blue LEDs, and we'll see those lit up here in a moment.
The CoolDrive 3 has a male and a female 4-pin Molex, which allows you to power the HDD and the CoolDrive 3 without having to run another line, or find another connector. The wires running back to the 40mm fan are kept tucked away via two small clips on the inside railing.
With the unit powered up, and the faceplate removed the LEDs are nice and bright, as you can see below.
However, due to the "smoked" effect of the plastic in the faceplate the blue LEDs are rather dim with the faceplate on. It would have been really nice if CoolerMaster would have used a few more LEDs on the face plate, maybe 2 or 3 more on each side. That would have really lit things up.
Installation of the HDD into the CoolDrive 3 is extremely easy. Just put it in place, and fasten the screws through the bottom of the CoolDrive plate to the bottom of the HDD.
Next you just screw the bottom plate into place on the CoolDrive 3.
The third step would be to attach cables, and install into a drive bay.
And the last step would be to turn on the power.
Not exactly the hardest thing in the world to do, but in case you need a little help, CoolerMaster does provide an instruction sheet that includes the instructions in 9 different languages.
Here is what the CoolDrive 3 looks like with a HDD in it. - The extra wire you see coming out from above the HDD is from my thermal probe for testing, and is not included with the CoolDrive 3.