Vizo Technology Luxon 3.5 Inch HDD Enclosure
Author: Frank Stroupe
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 12-23-2006
Provided by: Viso Technology
Pages:
Testing/Conclusion



I decided to use the USB interface, if for no other reason, I have never connected a hard drive via USB.



NOTE: The included disk is for Windows 98/ME only... it is USB 2.0 drivers. No drivers necessary for XP or Mac OS 9.0 or better.

The instructions are very complete. They are translated, but not hard to understand like some.

NOTE: If you are using a new, unformatted hard drive, you will have to initialize the drive for it to be recognized by Windows. The instructions for that are below.

WARNING: Do not connect both the USB and the SATA cables from the Luxon to your computer at the same time. Use one or the other.

Instructions for using USB interface.

Turn the I/O switch on the Luxon to "O", plug in the power connector. Plug in the power supply cord to a surge suppressor. Connect the provided USB cable to the Luxon, and to an empty USB port on your computer. Turn the I/O switch to "I".

You should hear the two-tone notice that a USB device has been plugged in. Windows should recognize your drive as a "USB Mass Storage Device" and load the drivers. The "Remove Hardware Safely" icon should appear in the tray. A new drive should appear in "My Computer". Again, if it is a brand new unused drive, you will have to initialize the drive before it appears in "My Computer".

Instructions for using SATA interface.

NOTE: To be able to use SATA interface, the SATA drivers for your motherboard must be installed, if applicable. Many motherboards require the drivers to be installed during installation of Windows. NF4 chipsets and newer probably do not require installation of third party drivers. Check your motherboard manual if you are in doubt.

Turn off your computer, place the provided SATA port in an empty PCI slot, connect the cable to an empty SATA bus on your motherboard. Make sure that the I/O switch on the Luxon is at "O". Connect the power connector to the Luxon, and plug the power supply in a surge suppressor. Personally, I think it would be a good idea to connect the SATA cable to the PCI SATA connector and turning the Luxon on before turning your computer back on, for this first time.

Windows should detect your drive, and you should get messages above the tray while the drivers are loaded. A new hard drive should have appeared in "My Computer". Once again, if this is a new unused drive, you will have to initialize it before it is recognized in "My Computer".

Instructions for initializing a new hard drive in XP.

Note: You must be logged onto XP as an Administrator to initiate a new hard drive.

After drive is connected, go to "Start", "Control Panel", "Administrative Tools", "Computer Management", "Storage", "Disk Management". On the "Action" menu, click "Rescan Disks". A new "Not Initialized" disk should appear. Right click where it says "Not Initialized", and click "Initialize Disk". Add partitions if you like, and do a format. It should now show up as a "Basic Disk", and should now be in "My Computer".



And that's about it. The top of the Luxon has a nice blue glow, that goes nicely with the blue LEDs on my Silverstone case.

Something that I didn't think about, my formerly silent Hitachi drive now is pretty loud with my wooden desktop serving as a sounding board, and the open cabinets serving as resonators.

For safety's sake, always click on the "Remove Hardware Safely" icon in the tray before turning off or unhooking the Luxon.

Conclusions:

As I mentioned before, the Vizo Luxon is pretty basic, but it does have some nice features, such as capability of both IDE and SATA drives, USB or SATA interface, a nice power supply and aluminum construction. It contains everything you need short of a hard drive, and with the prices of those nowadays, you could be set up with a 250 gig external drive for a little over a hundred bucks.

I couldn't presently find the Luxon for sale in the States, but it goes for around sixty bucks CDN, which is around 50 bucks USD. Surely Vizo has a US dealer, I just couldn't find them.

Pros:

Supports both IDE and SATA hard drives

Supports both SATA and USB interfaces

Light, compact, easy to install and use

Nice power supply

Cons:

Supplied SATA and USB cables could be longer

Could use some kind of shock mounting between case and stand


And the Vizo Luxon is awarded the OCIA.net Seal!



Thanks Vizo for supplying this review item.


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