Kingwin Big Drive KM-TB235 RAID Enclosure
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 02-15-2009
Provided by: Kingwin

Four screws are removed from the corners of the rear panel and then the entire frame slides out of the outer housing. A bag of additional screws for drive mounting is found inside. The inside of the housing has tracks to guide the frame when it is slid into and out of the enclosure. The air inlet vents can also be seen.

Mounting the drives is a simple affair - the SATA connections for the lower drive position simply require you to slip the drive into the frame and then slide it forward. When the holes on either side line up, four screws can be threaded into place, securing the drive. The top drive position is only slightly different, requiring you to manually connect the SATA data and power cables to the drive before mounting it in place.

Unfortunately, having ignored the manual up to this point, I did not realize the RAID configuration needed to be set via jumpers on the circuit board inside the drive frame. This is a tricky proposition once the drives are already mounted and provide a frustrating experience of either fumbling around in the narrow confines of the frame or biting the bullet and pulling the drive(s) back out. After trying unsuccessfully several times to align the jumpers with my fingers I grabbed a pair of needle-nose pliers and was finally able to get them in place. Once those are set, a tiny button at the front of the pin header must be pressed to reset the RAID configuration. Then the frame simply slides back into the housing and can be buttoned up.

Now let's perform some testing and wrap up this review with some final thoughts.

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