It's basically an enclosure that'll hold two 3.5" drives. It's also got a power supply and a IDE-Firewire convertor inside, so you can snap in a couple of cheap internal IDE drives and hook 'em up to your computer via a firewire cable. Plus it looked like a great deal. I could buy the enclosure for $60 and a 120-gig IDE hard drive for $99 (after rebate) and I'd have a drive with twice the space of the old Que drive for less than I paid for the Que drive. Plus it'd still have an open slot for a second drive when it came time to expand more.
Well all went according to plan until I had it all hooked up. The old Que drive was already partitioned and formatted, so I just had to plug it in. I didn't have that luxury this time. The written-in-China instructions that came with the new enclosure said to use FDISK under Windows XP to partition and format the drive.
THIS IS A DAMN LIE!
As of Windows XP, FDISK is officially a friend of the dinosaurs. FDISK doesn't ship with XP, and it won't work under XP. Thankfully, a little googling got me:
Turns out Windows XP has drive partitioning and formatting built into one of its system management services. The service was a lot friendlier than the tech-note lets on. When I started it and clicked "drives", it noticed that I had an uninitialized drive and offered to partition and format it for me. All I had to tell it was to use NTFS, and it was off to the races. It takes quite some time to format 120 gig, but everything was hunky-dory once that was taken care of.
Anyway, if you're looking for a good backup solution, this is it. It's not as portable as the little baby drives I've seen, but considering it's got a built-in power supply, it's not too bad. Also, the price is right.
Note 1: Use the coupon code "fatwallet" for 10% off at Computer Geeks.
Note 2: When I added the case to the shopping cart, it recommended that I buy a firewire cable. Don't bother, because a cable comes with the case.