I got mine on Thursday, but decided to have a play around with it for a few days before posting my thoughts.
I would definitely recommend getting one - it's brilliant! As you said, you will save a huge amount of time by not having to burn discs or re-do USB flash drives each time a program gets updated. I haven't come across a single ISO it doesn't work with so far (the virtual drive emulates a USB optical drive so should work with literally everything). These are the programs and OSs I have tried...
* The Mac OS X ISO had to be created with ImgBurn. Converting a DMG I had already made of the install disc using Carbon Copy Cloner to an ISO via 'hdiutil' didn't boot on my Mac mini.Code:Windows XP, Vista & 7 Mac OS X 10.6.3 "Snow Leopard" (see note below) Linux Mint Xfce (201104) Avira AntiVir Rescue System ESET SysRescue Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper F4's Ultimate Boot CD v4.5 HP Proliant Smart Update Firmware DVD v9.30 KonBoot v1.1 Microsoft DaRT v6.5 PartedMagic v6.2 Ultimate Boot CD v5.1 beta 1
In the style of Engadget, here is my Pro's/Con's list.
- No need to take stacks of discs or USB flash drives around with you any more.
- Burning CD/DVDs is a thing of the past.
- Boots CD/DVDs faster than a regular optical drive would.
- Enclosure can power the HDD via a single USB port (rather than one of those USB Y cables). This probably depends more on which HDD you use though.
- ISOs stored in the _ISO folder can be organized into sub-folders. I have separate folders for Windows, Mac and Linux images.
- You can store far more ISOs on a HDD than you can with a USB flash drive.
- Aluminium enclosure looks great (particular in silver) and helps to dissipate heat from the HDD. The temperature is shown on the display too.
- Expensive (but still cheaper than buying an equivalent iodd enclosure from eBay)
- No USB 3.0 or eSATAp ports.
- Write protect switch is almost impossible to move with your fingernail. Had to use the end of a paperclip instead!
- The original iodd enclosures supported NTFS, ExFAT and FAT32 filesystems, while the Zalman only supports NTFS. I have a single 500GB partition on my HDD.
- Bundled ~36cm eSATA cable is too short if you have an eSATA port on the rear of your PC.
- Supplied case scratches display. The material on the inside is too rough.
Cheers, was going to order one yesterday, but the first couple of sites I tried were OOS and then I got distracted.
Will try again this evening. This seems such an obvious idea that it's puzzling that it's taken this long for someone to implement it (and that there aren't many competing products - though no doubt once we all have one there will be cheaper/better competitors!). Mind you, I read a thread on HotDeals where most of the people didn't seem to see the point of such a device.
Kanguru FlashBlu30 with Physical Write Protect Switch
Since Zalman's latest ZM-VE400 enclosure has horrible capacitive buttons, this looks like a good alternative if you need a proper write-protect switch.
Apologies in advance for bumping such an old thread.
Last edited by Arthur; 17th April 2014 at 12:15 AM.
LeMarchand (21st April 2014)
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