Tagan Icy Box IB-3218 Series ReviewPropane - August 3, 2008
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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Everyone needs more and more storage, and as files get larger, our smaller drives get less effective. After all, who wants to install a drive that can only store several movies or a vacation's worth of photos? On the other hand, something that is becoming very handy is the ability to take hard drives with you to work, a friend's house, or on vacation. This portability allows many forms of media to be shared, company secrets to be encrypted and sent long distances, and games and applications to be run on computers other than your own - without losing your settings.
The Tagan Icy Box is a device that will allow you to knock down both of those birds with one stone. It is an external hard drive enclosure that uses a JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks) setup. This allows you to connect 2 drives, no matter what capacity, and they will show up in your OS as one physical volume. Not only is it portable, but it is also a nice way to combine multiple smaller capacity drives into one larger drive. Let's take a close look at it and see how it performs.
The package that the Tagan Icy Box comes in is a cardboard box with a plastic handle. The sides of the box provide a wealth of information in a variety of different languages. The packaging looks nice, and the handle makes it very easy to carry around - but is not of much use if it is shipped to your house.
Care was taken in the design of the packaging for the Icy Box, as a plastic bag and two foam sheets protect the enclosure during its shipment to your house. I have seen almost the exact same packaging on other external enclosures I have reviewed, and it makes me happy to see that as much care is put into the safety of the Tagan as other companies put into their own products.
The Icy Box also comes with cables, a user manual, and a driver CD in case your OS needs additional drivers to run the device, though most modern operating systems (XP, Vista, and OSX) should be able to run it out of the box.