Obtaining an external portable storage device can be as easy as visiting your local computer or electronics retailer and buying a portable hard drive. For the average user, this off-the-shelf drive is fine for tasks like backing up data or moving files between different physical locations. But you don't really know what the drive inside is. For the internal drive market, there are a variety of drives that address a variety of needs, whether you want performance, power savings, or a low cost per GB. Prebuilt external hard drives don't really let you pick, they're really only sold by capacity and interface.
Today we're going to look at a product that allows you to make a drive of your choosing portable. Silverstone's Treasure TS04 allows users to take an internal 2.5" SATA drive and make it usable externally via USB (2.0 and 3.0). In terms of performance needs, it addresses them by being able to accept any SATA II 2.5" drive ranging from the typical mechanical 5400rpm drives, to 7200rpm drives, and even SSDs. With a package including the enclosure itself and a USB cable, all you need is a compatible hard drive and you're ready to go.
The top of the Silverstone Treasure TS04 is made of black aluminum. The edges are all softly rounded off leading to a flat top, bearing resemblance in shape to the first generation iPhone.
The bottom of the Treasure TS04 is made of polished black plastic. There are 4 little plastic feet for the drive to rest on.
Shiny blue plastic trim borders the edge of the drive. The only functional elements on the outside of the enclosure are a mini USB 3.0 port and a blue LED lit hard drive activity indicator light.
The inside of the panels clearly show the interior construction of the enclosure. Struts criss-cross both the top and bottom panels to add to the enclosure's rigidity. The top and bottom panels are held together with 8 plastic clips. Once you put the drive together, it may be difficult to take apart without breaking some of the clips.
All of the electronic functionality of the enclosure are handled by a single little PCB. The USB 3.0 controller chip is ASMedia's 1051. It supports USB 2.0/3.0 and SATA I/II (1.5/3.0Gbps).
Installing a drive into the Treasure is as easy as sliding a drive in, then snapping the bottom and top panels back together. No screws are required.